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We're working on creating some PowerPoint (97) templates--in creating the slide master, we can't figure out how to add new text on the slide master that is editable on all slides the way the generic text is (click here to edit text box).  If we just put a text box on the slide master--it disappears if we don't enter some text and if we do enter text, it puts the text on every slide.  If we copy one of the predefined editable text boxes, and paste it, the text becomes literal instead of allowing you to click on it to edit it.  How do you set a text box to be AutoLayout?
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by:pauloaguia
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You have just described the purpose of the Slide Master: create parts of the slide that are common to all slides. If you enter text, image, background or any other object in the slide master then it is avaliable in every single slide (unless you create a slide that is not based on the slide master). You can't edit this objects.

You seem to be talking about layouts. Powerpoint has a few predefined layouts that you can acces to when you choose the menu Format -> Slide Layout. Unfortunately I don't know of a way to create new layouts.

>>How do you set a text box to be AutoLayout?
What do you mean by this?

Paulo
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by:mrmultimedia
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It's hard to decide what to call things when PowerPoint uses multiple names for same things--yes then I guess what I want to do is create my own custom layouts.

AutoLayout seems to be what PowerPoint calls the text boxes that appear on every page of a Layout or Template that have a predefined style (bullets, font face & size) that the end user can click on and enter your own text.   In the built in templates as well some others I've seen, these text boxes _are_ in the Slide Master so they appear on every page, but while the style is predefined, the end user can click on it and edit the text.
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Unfortunately, and this is the sad truth, up to PowerPoint 2000 there isn't a way to create a custom layout for Powerpoint. At least not one that shows up along the predefined ones. I find this odd since there would be some potencial to such a feature but it looks like you're condemned to using the predefined ones and altering them to your style.

The only alternative I can think of is having a few empty slides of your own (I mean with empty text placeholders and stuff) in another presentation, for instance, and copy the appropriate one to the new presentation whenever you want to create a new customized slide.

Sorry for not being more helpfull but this is the sad truth...

Paulo
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by:mrmultimedia
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Certainly not the answer I was hoping for...but the answer none-the-less.

thanks, points are coming.
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