Storyline 3 - Importing a Powerpoint Slide Master

Mar 08, 2018


Our company has a standard slide master template that we use in Powerpoint. 

Firstly, we would like to import this into SL3.

Secondly, we would like to import an story file and use the 'destination theme' i.e. the slide master template and it's layout options. 

Is this possible?


6 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi John,

You can certainly import your Powerpoint slides into Storyline, and if it didn't pick up that they were master slides it should be easy enough to copy those items onto a master slide or save it as a .storytemplate file that you can use to start all your new Storyline projects.

Once you set that up, you can start a new project by just opening Storyline and choose from your templates. Here's some steps on how to do this in Storyline 3. 

steve siwek

Hello everyone,

I've noticed that if a PowerPoint has mulitple slide masters, in order to get all the slides to carry over to Storyline 360 when importing (for the purpose of creating a template in Storyline) I have to include at least 1 slide from each section of a slide master. Is this the way it is supposed to work?


Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Steve, 

Correct- the slide you import in, will carry with it that set of masters. If you have a bunch of slide masters, you'll want to import at least one slide from each set to carry over all the masters.

You could easily import those into a new scene to make it easy to remove the ones you don't need, and the masters will remain intact in Storyline if you delete the individual slides. 

Crystal Horn

Hi there, Steve.  Just to clarify, do you have a single slide master with multiple layouts?  Or are you using a PPT file with multiple masters and their associated layouts?

Storyline will focus on the slides that you're choosing to import from PowerPoint.  Let's say in PowerPoint you have 3 slide masters, each with multiple layouts.  When you choose to import slides from that file into Storyline, each slide will bring with it the slide master it's using.  You'll only get the masters that are being used by the imported slides.  So if you import two slides from that file, at most you'd be getting 2 of the 3 slide masters.

Are you seeing something different on your end?  If you can share your source PPT file here, I'm happy to do some testing to make sure we're treating those imports properly!

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