How do I apply a master slide from one ppt presentation to another?

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Using oFfice 365 - current  version. I have  a new presentation I created in powerpoint. It has no design, just text.  I have another presentation that has a master slide I want to use in the first presentation.

How do I apply the master slide from the second presentation into the first? I want all the slides (or selected slides, to use the new master slide design.
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The easiest way is to navigate to Design>click to reveal the gallery. At the bottom, select Browse for themes. Select the file with your template
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Copy the master from the original presentation, paste it into the new one, select and use it: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/copy-and-paste-a-slide-master-from-one-presentation-to-another-ab99cf07-3a65-4f50-9d24-f17444a3df9b

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Vasil: I already saw the solution you referenced. It did not work. Could you please send me screen shots or video capture of how you do this?
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Karen:
I went to design and it showed me about 20 or so themes. There was no place to "select for themes". Please send me a screenshot. thank you
Karen FalandaysTraining Specialist
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Are you online version of the full desktop version. Here is a screenshottheme.png
here is how to do this:
Quickly copy a design theme from one PowerPoint presentation to another

  1. This works in both PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010. First, open both your source and destination documents (and close any others if more decks are open). Go to the View menu and click the Arrange All button so you can see both at the same time:
  2. Now, select the source deck (pictured at right below) and then click on the thumbnail of the slide you want to copy the theme from. Once selected, click the Format Painter icon directly above it on the Ribbon:
  3. Now click on the destination deck and then click the thumbnail of the slide you want to receive the theme:
  4. You may need to click twice: Once to select the target deck and a second time to apply the format to the thumbnail.
  5. This technique works best if you use it on a new presentation, since all new pages will be based on the new theme. But you can apply the format to all slides of an existing presentation if needed. Just double-click the Format Painter button before selecting the destination deck and then click on each of the slide thumbnails individually to apply the theme.
this should also work with Office 365.

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I found Browse for themes - I do have the online verison of full desktop. It brings me to a browser for my computer to find a file.

When I first opened a blank presentation, I was able to select a presentation theme called "Business digital blue tunnel".

I can not get to that

ppt-screenshot.png
To open the themes gallery all the way, click the double arrow. (This is called the More button, which you can see in the screen tip that appears when you hover over it so you know you have the right button.)

"More" button
This will expand the gallery as shown in Karen's screenshot.

When you click Browse for Themes at the bottom of that gallery, it will open a dialog box so you can navigate to the file you want to use the master from. You can apply a master from a PPTX, POTX or PPSX; the file doesn't have to be saved as a THMX theme file. Select the file and the formatting (the master) should be applied to your text file. (Just for sake of thoroughness, you can apply themes from Word and Excel files, too, but they may or may not have the slide master setup you want.)

To ensure that your file uses the master after you apply it,

After you apply the theme/master, you can click the Layout button on the Home tab in PowerPoint and change to a different slide layout if needed. Depending how things are set up, you may need to do this in order for the formatting to apply correctly.
Business Digital Blue Tunnel is an online template. Open a new blank file, search for that template as before and apply it. After you do that, then save the file so it's available from your hard drive.

Then you can apply it to another file as described in the various ways.
Rob HensonFinance Analyst
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I think you've gone off course looking at Themes. The question asks about Master Slides, ie a slide with items already on that will be used as a template/background for all slides inserted in that file.
I disagree. A theme includes a master slide. This might come down to semantics, but the original poster is trying to apply formatting from one deck to another. It just so happens that the theme file providing the formatting is online and so it's not easy for him to select through the themes dialog. (Actually, it's not really possible without digging into the bowels of the computer.)
Karen FalandaysTraining Specialist
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@m_Epstein.
You can save Business Digital Blue Tunnel to your default gallery and then apply it. Try this:
Create a new presentation with that template
Navigate to Design>Click to reveal gallery
Choose Save current theme
Name it, but DON'T change the location

Now going forward, whenever you would like to apply this to another presentation, you can simply pick it an click it,, as it will be at the top of the gallery from now on
Rob HensonFinance Analyst

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Sorry, I read it as trying to copy a whole slide (Master slide) from one deck to another not just formatting.
If you apply formatting via the Themes gallery on the Design tab, the master will be copied into the file.
Rob HensonFinance Analyst
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I am thinking master slide as a slide with Company logo or banner etc already populated as graphics so that you don't have to populate every slide with it. These wouldn't be in a theme would they? Theme is selection of colours and fonts etc and maybe a background design isn't it??
It would still work the same way. If the logo and graphics are on the slide master, then they become part of the theme when you use Design > Themes. If you browse for a theme and select your PPTX/POTX file, it applies the colors, fonts, effects, and slide master and layouts to your file. Just like if it were one of the stock themes from Microsoft.

That's of course assuming that your logo and graphics, etc., are on the slide master.

A theme is really just a PowerPoint file with no slides. It includes the theme colors, theme fonts, theme effects, slide master(s) and the associated background fills and graphics, and slide layout (and associated background fills and graphics). You save it as a THMX so that you can apply the theme (colors, fonts and effects) in Word and Excel and Outlook. Those apps of course don't have any use for the slide master/backgrounds, but they're still in the theme file all the same.
Rob HensonFinance Analyst
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Thanks for the info, every day is a school day.

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WOW! You all understood the issues I am having. I thank you for your giving the issue such clarity and great suggestions. I am going to apply these in the next couple hours and report back to you all how I did. Thank you so much, I really appreciate all ofyou giving of your time.

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All your suggestions worked well. Paul's was perhaps the easiest, but as im writing 8 talks all with the same theme, I am going to use Karens suggestion of saving a theme

Thank you all!!

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I have not been on in a while The interface has changed. How do I close the question and assign points??
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At the bottom of each comment is a link to click "this is the solution"

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All of you have been fantastic. I learned so much about the software and several diff ways to acheive the same result. There also was osme excellent discussion as well which I believe will benefit others looking for resolution of this issue. Thank you all again!

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