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Google Slides- Editing Master Slides and Layout

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Editing master slides and layouts

You may have noticed that when you select a different theme in Google Slides, it rearranges the text on your slides and adds shapes to the background. This is because each theme has built-in slide layouts and background graphics. You can edit these layouts with a feature called the master template editor. Once you learn how to use the editor, you’ll be able to customize your entire slide show with just a few clicks.

Using the master template editor

The master template editor in Google Slides allows you to quickly modify the slides and slide layouts in your presentation. From there, you can edit the master slide, which will affect every slide in the presentation. You can also modify individual slide layouts, which will change any slides using those layouts. Here are some common uses for the master template editor.

  • Modify backgrounds: The master template editor makes it easy to customize the background for all of your slides at the same time. For example, you could add a watermark or logo to each slide in your presentation, or you could modify the background graphics of an existing theme.
  • Rearrange placeholders: If you find that you often rearrange the placeholders on each slide, you can save time by rearranging them in the master template editor instead. When you adjust one of the layouts in the master template editor, all of the slides with that layout will change.
  • Customize text formatting: Instead of changing the text color on each slide individually, you could use the master template editor to change the text color on all slides at once.
  • Create unique slide layouts: If you want to create a presentation that looks different from the default Google Slides themes, you could use the master template editor to create your own layouts. Custom layouts can include your own background graphics and placeholders.

Watch this video on how to edit the master.

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