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    I am working on a set of PPT slides for a textbook. The publisher would like me to add a label to those slides that show which learning objective they relate to. Not all slides would have the label since not all of them would relate to a specific learning objective.

    I tried adding a blank textbox to the master slide. I figured I would add text to it when a slide needed this label. That way, the label would always be in the same spot and always look the same. However, the blank textbox was not accessible once I closed master view.

    Is there a way to add a field to a master slide similar to the field that contains the text?
    Ronny Richardson

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    PowerPoint 2007 is the first version in which you can add new so-called placeholders to a slide master; in earlier versions that is not possible.

    For PowerPoint 2003 and before, you might be able to use the PPTools ShapeStyles add-in (it's not free, but you can view a demo video and download a trial version).

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    Assuming you don't have 2007

    Try creating a second (or more) duplicate master but with the text and apply it only to the necessary slides.

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    If I had someone with access to a machine with PPT 2007 add the placeholder, could I then use it in PPT 2003?
    Ronny Richardson

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    I think that would work, but I can't test it. It's worth a try!

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    [quote name='HansV' post='791598' date='31-Aug-2009 21:31']I think that would work, but I can't test it. It's worth a try![/quote]

    Don't spend too much time on testing! It won't work, 2003 cannot handle extra placeholders.

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    [quote name='JohnWilson' post='791635' date='01-Sep-2009 08:15']Don't spend too much time on testing! It won't work, 2003 cannot handle extra placeholders.[/quote]
    Thanks for the headsup.

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    Best V03 strategy that comes to mind:

    1. Create a text box
    2. Format it as desired.
    3. Set it to be the default
    4. Position it exactly as desired.
    5. Drag guidelines into place to set that location
    6. Copy and paste from slide to slide until you drop.


    Indeed, V07 placeholders make life easier...
    Rick Altman
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