4 easy steps to creating custom Power Point slides


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We are in the information age. Consequently, when information needs to be shared, then it is done digitally. One of the most aesthetically pleasing ways to share information is by using slides.

In this day and age the most used slide software is Windows Power Point. Power Point is so good that Linux users have workarounds (for example by using Wine) to running it within the Linux distros. If you deny the fact that Windows Power Point surpasses its competitors, then well you must have been laying under a rock this whole while. If not, then I am sure you work often with Power point in creating;

  • School assignments
  • Presentations
  • Documentations
  • Storyboards

And so much more.

In using Power Point, there comes a time when you want a different design that is not part of the default layouts. Here are a few ways of having it achieved.

Solution one:

Create the design on a single slide and then duplicate the same design on all slides. However, there is an immediate downside. Imagine you were doing this for over a 100 slides.

All of a sudden, this immediately becomes

  • Error prone
  • Difficult
  • Tasking

It is not something you want to continue with. You very quickly come to the conclusion is that, this is clearly a very poor solution.

Solution two:

Create custom power point templates. This introduces us to custom layouts for power point. The first solution was on creating custom power point slides, whilst this one is about customizing the template itself. Having the template customized would inevitably affect the slides themselves. Let us spend a minute or two to learn how to create custom slides templates.

Terms to be introduced to:

  • Slide master
  • Child layouts


What do we need?

  • Windows Power Point software
  • Images for template design
  • Concepts or design inspiration and ideas for template


Step 1: Edit master layout

  • From the toolbar at the top, click view.
  • Next click Slide master
  • This is where we can Setup the general design look icons, and layout.
  • Do your unique design.
  • The main one affects the child layouts.

Step 2: Format the master and child layouts

  • Power point has default layouts and templates that you can use to create the sort of slides you want.
  • Have in mind, at least on paper, the design the basic framework for your slide.
  • From the mother layout, all the child layout will keep that same design.
  • You can go ahead to edit the child slides as well. Formatting each child layout will give those specific formatting design to those child slides.


Placeholders, by default, are in the layout.

In formatting you can edit

  • The text title
  • The content
  • The footer
  • The header

Keep in mind, all these are all only placeholders. You can format also placeholders.

Grid lines:

You can use grid lines to keep content aligned in the manner which you would prefer.

You can do re-alignments

Step 3: Close master slide editor:

  • To close navigate to the toolbar
  • Click close mater view to exit.
  • If you do not click close master view, then you will still be in the mode to edit the Master and child layouts

Step 4: Test it all out

  • Now when you do control + M (on Windows) that is to duplicate slide, you have the same template being duplicated.

And that’s the end of it

Here is a trick question. Have you ever wanted custom layouts for power point? Congrats you now can.

That’s the basics of what you need to know. You are now a windows power point custom template pro.You see. It was as easy as A, B, C.

We will meet later in another blog post, until then take care and keep learning.


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