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In the past, the layout slides had tips so you would know how to use them. Without this, it becomes difficult to know whether you are using the proper one or not. Here are my descriptions of them. Text box means a box that will accept text or one of the items shown in the image in the middle of the box Row 1 left to right: Blank slide, Title and subtitle. Row 2: Title and text box, Title and 2 text boxes. Row 3: Title, Subtitle. Row 4: Title with 2 text boxes in left column and 1 text box in right column, and Title with 1 text box in left column and 2 text boxes in right column. Row 5: Title with 2 text boxes in first row and 1 text box in second row, and Title with two rows of text boxes (one box in each row). Row 6: Title with 4 text boxes arranged in 2x2, and Title with 6 text boxes arranged in 3 columns by 2 rows. You are right. Impress will not let you create the layout you want using slide masters. What you can do is create the 4 slides you want to use and same them as a template. Using this you can create a new presentation containing the 4 slides. To create a new slide, copy the slide whose layout you want to use and then paste it. So, they provide you with the layouts you want to use for your slides. For the first slide layout (3,2) is not the one you want to use. I used layout (5,1). If you click the border of one of the boxes, green handles appear. Use them to change the size of the box. You can also move the box using the arrow keys. You can also copy and paste boxes.
     For the second slide, your choice of layouts is fine.
For the third slide, you only need to click the border of the right text box to make the green handles appear. Use the cursor to drag a green handle to change the size of the box. (I reduced the size of both boxes in the left column, moved the right box and changed its width.) For the fourth slide, do you want the Title at the top and a text box below it? (layout [2,1] has the Title at the top and Subtitle below it.) really do not understand the difference from what you want for the Summary slide and what you want in this slide. Both have the Title at the top and a text box below it. I have attached a slide template that I think may come close to what you want. (People on the list: you will not receive this template because it will be stripped before sending this email to you. The person I CC'd will receive it since I'm sending it directly to him.) I have removed the bullets for all of the text boxes. To do this, I opened the Styles and Formatting window using the F11 key. Then I clicked on the phrase 'Click to add text'. A gray box surrounds the Outline 1 style. Right click it and select Modify from the pop up menu. Click the Custom tab. Change the Numbering dropdown list from Bullet to None. Click OK.


On 09/27/2012 12:56 PM, Alessandro Ghidotti Piovan wrote:
Hello Dan,
    thank you for your attention.
I'll try to indicate the layout I want to apply with a (row,column) index, because i don't know the actual layouts' names. I suppose the layouts on the task pane are organized in two columns and many rows.
This is what i'm trying to obtain:

slide master 1 (i.e. title master) = layout(3,2) with vertically resized text box (i.e. the title), 0 fields, 4 text boxes with fixed text around the title (1 above and 3 below).
slide master 2 (i.e. summary) = default layout(2,1)
silde master 3 (i.e. 2-columns image and text) = layout(4,1) with horizontally resized right box to half of the slide width silde master 4 (i.e. standard text master) = layout(1,2) with left-aligned text and no bulleted lists.

You said:
But what you can do is to use the tools in the toolbars to create layouts that match the default layouts. It takes more time than just clicking one of the default layouts.
My problem is the text inside will be fixed, while i'd want to be able to apply a template to a "style-empty" (white) presentation. In other words, suppose to create a presentation with default layouts but with no theme: it is substantially white with some images and unformatted text. Then, my wish is to be able to apply to every "type" of slide the corresponding slide template (i.e. master slide or slide master or master page).
I don't understand how to achieve this with default tools.
Could you be more explicit, please?

Thank you in advance.

On 27/09/2012 18:07, Dan Lewis wrote:
On 09/27/2012 06:27 AM, Alessandro Ghidotti Piovan wrote:
Hello all,
    I'm trying to create a template which has 4 slide master:

1) a title master
2) a summary master
3) a two-columns image and text master
4) a standard text master.

To design the template, I tried to add 4 slide masters each with a custom layout. The problem is that it seems I can't apply the default layouts to the slide masters. The only one which is accepted is the one with a title header and a text area with bullets list.

Can you help me to define a template containing a full set of masters for every kind of slide i'm going to present?
Thank you in advance

Please tell me what you want to have in each of the 4 slide masters you listed. This might help me to make some suggestions later in the form of a short presentation. Specifically, I'm interested in the layout for each master slide. Also, what default layouts do you want to apply to each of these master slides? There can be some confusion about slide masters. There are three terms that are used interchangeable: slide master, master side, and master page. When modifying a master slide, you can't directly apply default layouts to it. (You have already discovered this.) But what you can do is to use the tools in the toolbars to create layouts that match the default layouts. It takes more time than just clicking one of the default layouts.


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