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Old 01-12-2021, 06:03 AM
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Hi everyone,



What I have
- A PPT file with two master templates.
- Both masters contain exactly the same layouts - see picture 01.
- The only differences between the two masters are the colour scheme and the logotype.

What I want to do
For the slides that I already made, I want to be able to switch between the two masters, depending on the audience.

How I do this now
I select a slide, go to Home > Layout and choose the according slide layout from the other master works like a charm.

So?
This works for now, but as the number of slides grows it gets a bit ridiculous having to do this every time slide by slide.

Use the theme!
When I select all my slides together and go to Design > Theme, I see my two masters represented as themes on top - see picture 02.
So I can switch from master 1 to master 2.

But: as soon as I do that, I can not switch back:
- Master 2 is still in the themes, but master 1 has disappeared (also in the extended view with all themes visible) - see picture 03.
- Moreover, master 1 is no longer in the Slide Master View. There is only master 2 left, in a strange messed-up version - see picture 4.

I also tried to save the themes and apply the theme files, but the result was a messed-up template with the two logotypes on top of each other.

Also
Since I have to send out this presentation to different users, most of which are not used to work in PPT, I prefer not to work with external files like saved themes and saved templates that need to be sent along and installed.

Help!
Does anyone know how to solve this?

Many thanks!
Judith.
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Old 01-12-2021, 06:53 AM
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Additional problem
Apparently, even after changing the slide layouts slide by slide from master 1 to master 2 (as mentioned above in 'How I do this now'), once all the slides have been changed to master 2, there no longer is a master 1 in the template??
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Old 01-12-2021, 07:28 AM
JohnWilson JohnWilson is offline How to switch between templates for all slides together Windows 10 How to switch between templates for all slides together Office 2016
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Hi Judith

I know you are pretty competent but not sure if you are able to edit XML?

When you add a logo to a master it is automatically marked as userDrawn="1" in the XML. This is not clever and ensures it remains when you apply a new template hence the two logos on top of each other.

If you know how to edit the XML remove all instances of userDrawn="1" or change to userDrawn="0" then resave the templates.
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Thank you so much for your help, John!

However, I was about to post a workaround I just found: since it is always master 1 that disappears and never master 2, I made a duplicate of master 1 - say master 3.

When selecting all the slides that follow master 1 and assigning them (via Home > Layout) to master 3, master 1 disappears but masters 2 and 3 stay. So now I can switch and keep switching between masters 2 and 3. Which is what I needed.

But I'll keep in mind your advice on the logo. Is it better to add the logo to the different layouts instead of the master? (as you can guess from this question I'm not at all familiar with XML editing)
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