Handout master does not transfer

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Marketing Assistant

Can anyone tell me if they have the same problem?

I've created a new design template and changed the Slide
Master and Handout Master. However, when I apply this
new design template to an existing presentation the new
handout master does not apply. So my existing
presentation still has the old handout look.



Kathryn Jacobs

Handout and Notes masters can be finicky. They always apply if you create a
new presentation, however. So, one work around for this is to open a new
presentation, insert the old presentation as slides, and save under the old

Another workaround is to copy the masters from your template file and paste
them on the corresponding masters in your existing file.

Kathryn Jacobs, Microsoft PPT MVP
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John Langhans [MSFT]

[CRITICAL UPDATE - If you are using Office 2003, you should install this
update as soon as possible. From PowerPoint, choose "Help -> Check for


When you apply a design to a slide or presentation the handout master and
notes masters are not applied. Only the Slide Master and Title Master are
applied. This is by design.

The only time that all masters are used from a design is when you use the
design to create a new presentation. For example, in PowerPoint 2003:

1) File -> New
2) In "New Presentation" task pane, choose "On my computer.." from the
Templates section
3) Select template from the "New Presentation" dialog that appears and
click "OK"

If it is important to you (or anyone else reading this message), that
PowerPoint provide options for choosing which masters are applied (instead
of always just the Slide and Title masters), don't forget to send your
feedback (in YOUR OWN WORDS, please) to Microsoft at:


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your wish but also WHY it is important to you that your product suggestion
be implemented by Microsoft. Microsoft receives thousands of product
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that are most important to our customers so take the extra time to state
your case as clearly and completely as possible.

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John Langhans
Microsoft Corporation
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Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Windows
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