Keynote for Mac: Add and edit master slides

Add and edit master slides

The slide layouts used in each Keynote theme are based on master slides. When you want to add a slide to your presentation that has particular elements—such as a title and subtitle, a bulleted list, or an image—you select the slide layout that most resembles the layout you want, then you replace the placeholder elements and make other changes as necessary. Only the slide in your presentation is changed; the master slide remains in its original state.

If you add new images, text, and other objects to a master, these objects become part of the slide background and aren’t editable in your presentation. If you want text, shapes, or images on a master slide to be editable in your presentation, you must add them as placeholders to the master slide.

You can make the same kind of changes to a master slide that you make to a regular slide—including modifying the appearance of text, changing the slide background, and changing the size of the images. The changes appear on every slide in the presentation that’s based on that master.

Note: If you’re sharing a presentation with others, you can’t add or edit its master slides.

Add a master slide

  1. Click View View button in the toolbar, then choose Edit Master Slides.

  2. Do any of the following:

    Master slide Showing the New Slide button
    • Click Add slide button in the toolbar, then select a master slide.

    • In the slide navigator, select a slide with a layout similar to the layout you want, then press Return.

  3. Double-click the name of the master slide in the slide navigator and type a new name.

  4. Modify the slide however you like by adding text, images, shapes, placeholders, or other objects.

    If you want objects on slides based on this master to layer over master objects, select “Allow layering” in the sidebar. (If you don’t see a sidebar, or the sidebar doesn’t say Master Slide Layout at the top, click the master slide in the slide navigator, then click Format button in the toolbar.)

    To learn more about layers, see Layer, group, and lock objects.

  5. Click Done at the bottom of the slide canvas, or click View View button in the toolbar, then choose Exit Master Slides when you’re done editing.

Add text, image, and shape placeholders

  1. Click View View button in the toolbar, then choose Edit Master Slides.

  2. Select the master slide you want to edit.

  3. Add a text box, an image, a video, or a shape to the slide, change its appearance however you want, then drag it where you want it on the slide.

  4. Select the object you added, then near the bottom of the sidebar, select Define as Text Placeholder (for a text box or a shape) or Define as Media Placeholder (for an image or a video).

    If you don’t see a sidebar, or the sidebar doesn’t have the Define as Placeholder checkbox, click Format button in the toolbar.

  5. If you want the objects on slides based on this master to layer over master objects, select “Allow layering” in the sidebar. (If you don’t see a sidebar, or the sidebar doesn’t say Master Slide Layout at the top, click the master slide in the slide navigator, then click Format button in the toolbar.)

  6. Click Done at the bottom of the slide canvas, or click View View button in the toolbar, then choose Exit Master Slides when you’re done editing.

Add an object placeholder for a table and chart

A placeholder to which you can add a table or chart is called an object placeholder. You can add only one object placeholder to a master slide.

  1. Click View View button in the toolbar, then choose Edit Master Slides.

  2. Select the master slide you want to edit.

  3. Select the Object Placeholder checkbox in the sidebar.

    If you don’t see a sidebar, or the sidebar doesn’t have the Object Placeholder checkbox, click Format button in the toolbar.

  4. Resize the placeholder and position it where you want.

    On any slide based on this master, tables and charts you add to the slide assume this size and position.

  5. If you want the objects on slides based on this master to layer over master objects, select the “Allow layering” checkbox in the sidebar.

  6. Click Done at the bottom of the slide canvas, or click View View button in the toolbar, then choose Exit Master Slides when you’re done editing.

Published Date: Jun 15, 2017
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