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    Creating a 2nd master layout (PPT 2003)

    Hi All -
    saw the lengthy string on layouts from August of '03 but it's a little off of what I need.
    1. In PPT 2003 I apparently can create a second layout. (To be specific, I need different chapter headings repeated on several slides, ergo multiple layouts.) Great! However, when I try to apply that layout, there's only the one original given as a choice.
    2. If somehow I can get this working, what will happen when a person without the multiple layout feature opens my document?
    3. What is an autolayout?

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    Re: Creating a 2nd master layout (PPT 2003)

    In 1, I believe you are referring to the Master Slide, which isn't exactly a layout. You can however have multiple master slides in 2002/2003 and you can tell PPT to apply a master to a group of slides, which might come close to the effect you want.

    2. Once a slide has a Master slide applied to it, a person viewing it doesn't need to know about the Master Slides as I understand it. On the other hand if they want to edit it, add slides, etc, then they need to have the master.

    3. An auto-layout is what you see when you select the "New Slide" button on the toolbar in 2002/2003 - you get a task pane that typically opens on the right hand side of the window and shows you a series of choices for the slide. As I understand, you cannot add additional auto-layouts.

    4. You didn't ask this question, but since we are in the neighborhood, what is a template? A template is a graphical theme applied to slides in a presentation. It specifies the graphics objects and text placeholders, and a background in addition to colors and other properties such as a suggested outline. You can create your own templates if you wish.

    A good source of reference for these kind of things is to type the question "What is a layout" or "What is a slide master" in the Answer Wizard in Powerpoint Help. In your specific situation, you may want to use the copy/paste approach to simply create multiple slides with the same "Chapter Heading". Hope this helps at least a little bit.
    Wendell

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    Re: Creating a 2nd master layout (PPT 2003)

    Wendell,
    thanks for all the info. I was referring to Master rather than layout, you're right. I was able to enable multiple masters, but then when I went to apply a particular master to one slide, it changed all the slides. Isn't the idea of multiple masters to have various designs in one document? The help menu wasn't helpful in this.

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    Re: Creating a 2nd master layout (PPT 2003)

    Wendell,
    I figured it out. Had to open up a sub-menu from the down arrow within "Apply a Design Template" and apply the master to only the selected slide.

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