Tip of the week # 631
27 November 2020

Apply existing design to a non-branded presentation (Microsoft PowerPoint) *

When you want all your slides to contain the same fonts and images (such as your company logo), it's best to make those changes in the Slide Master. This will change the design and layout of all your slides, giving your presentations a consistent look.

If someone sent you a presentation that does not use your company branding or you start with a whole new blank presentation, you can quickly change the overall design of your slides to match the design of an existing presentation. No need to manually update the Slide Master.

Here's how:

  1. Open the presentation you want to apply the design to. (Or start with a blank one.)
  2. On the Design tab, in the Themes group, click the More button. (The tiny drop-down arrow in the bottom right corner.)
  3. Click on Browse for Themes.
  4. Navigate to and select your file that contains the design you want to add.

The design and layout of your master slides have been updated automatically and are ready to be used for new slides that you add to the presentation. You can also change the layout of any slide using the Layout button in the Slides group on the Home tab.

Click on the Slide Master button on the View tab if you need to make further tweaks to the design of all slides.

With thanks to the lucky tip subscribers who attended yesterday's free PowerPoint Hints and Tips webinar for this week's inspiration!

Related tips

  1. Adding a company logo to every slide - tip_13.html
  2. Setting up a different first page for you slide template : tip_174.html
  3. Hide the master background of a slide - tip_184.html
  4. Replace a picture without losing its size and shape - tip_548.php


* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.