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 kinds of changes to a master slide that you make to a regular slide—for example, modify the appearance of text, change the slide background, and change 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 new master slide

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

  2. Do any of the following:

    A master slide showing on the slide canvas, with the Add Slide button above it in the toolbar.
    • Click the 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.

    For more information, see “Add text and media placeholders,” below.

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

Add text and media placeholders

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

  2. Select the master slide you want to edit.

  3. Do one of the following:

  4. Change the item’s appearance however you like and drag it where you want it on the slide.

  5. Select the object you added, then, in the Format  sidebar, click the Style tab.

  6. Near the bottom, select Define as Text Placeholder or Define as Media Placeholder.

  7. If you want slides based on this master to allow objects to be layered under master objects, click the background of the slide (so that nothing is selected), then select “Allow layering” in the Format sidebar.

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

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

Placeholders are automatically tagged according to type. The tags “tell” the content where to go when you apply a different master to a slide. For example, an image that’s in a placeholder with the tag “Media” is automatically added to a placeholder from the new master that also has the tag “Media.”

To change a tag, select the placeholder, then click the Style tab in the Format sidebar. In the text box next to Tag, delete the existing tag, then type your own.

Add an object placeholder for a table, chart, or image gallery

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

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

  2. Select the master slide you want to edit.

  3. In the Format  sidebar, select the Object Placeholder checkbox.

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

    The first table, chart, or image gallery you add to any slide based on this master assumes the placeholder’s size and position.

  5. If you want slides based on this master to allow objects to be layered under master objects, click the background of the slide (so that nothing is selected), then select “Allow layering” in the Format sidebar.

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

Delete a master slide

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

  2. In the sidebar on the left, Control-click the master slide thumbnail and choose Delete.

  3. If slides in the presentation use this master slide, choose a new master slide for those slides in the dialog that appears, then click Choose.

  4. Click Done at the bottom of the slide canvas.

Published Date: Jun 18, 2018
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