Slide master view in Articulate Quizmaker functions much like slide masters in PowerPoint, letting you design the default themes, colors, fonts, text, and objects for your quiz slides. Slide masters save you time by applying the same look and feel across multiple slides all at once.

Switching to Slide Master View

To switch to slide master view, go to the View tab on the toolbar and click Slide Master.

Any slide masters you've previously designed for this quiz will appear in the left column. If you haven't created any yet, you'll see the default slide master.

Adding Slide Masters and Layouts

A slide master in Quizmaker is actually a collection of slide layouts. The slide master thumbnail in the left navigation pane will appear slightly larger than all the thumbnails of the layouts below it.

Layouts inherit all the properties of their parent slide master, but you can customize each layout to display content in a specific way. For example, you might design your question slide layout differently than your blank slide layout.

If you want, you can create additional slide masters in the same quiz. To create a new slide master, click the Insert Slide Master button on the toolbar, or right-click anywhere in the left navigation pane and select Insert Slide Master. Another convenient way to create a new slide master is to go to the Themes drop-down on the ribbon, right-click any of the theme thumbnails, and select Add as New Slide Master. Whichever method you choose, a new slide master with several default layouts will be added to the bottom of the left navigation pane.

You can also add more layouts to each slide master. Here’s how:

  1. In the left navigation pane, select the slide master where you want to add a new layout.
  2. Then click the Insert Layout button on the toolbar. Or, right-click the slide master thumbnail, and select Insert Layout.

A new layout will appear at the end of the list of layouts for the selected slide master. It'll inherit the properties of its parent slide master, and it'll have a Title text box (which can be deleted or turned off, if you prefer—see below).

Managing Slide Masters and Layouts

You can delete, rename, preserve, and duplicate slide masters and layouts.

  • Delete: To delete a slide master and all of its layouts, select the slide master in the left navigation pane, and click the Delete button on the ribbon. If you only want to delete a layout (but not its parent slide master), select the layout in the left navigation pane, and then click the Delete button on the toolbar. You can also right-click a slide master or layout in the left navigation pane, and then select either Delete Master or Delete Layout from the shortcut menu that appears. Or, simply press the Delete key on your keyboard.

    Note: You won't be able to delete a slide master or layout that's currently being used by slides in your quiz.
  • Rename: It's a good idea to give your slide masters and layouts easily recognizable names, especially if you plan to use several in the same quiz. This makes it easier to apply them to quiz slides later. To rename a slide master or a layout, select it in the left navigation pane, and click the Rename button on the ribbon. Type the name you want it to have, and click the Rename button to complete the process. Another way to rename is to right-click a slide master or layout in the left navigation pane, and select either Rename Master or Rename Layout from the shortcut menu that appears.
  • Preserve: If a slide master isn't currently being used by any slides in your quiz but you want it to remain with the quiz for later use, you can preserve it. To do so, select the slide master in the left navigation pane, and click the Preserve button on the toolbar. You can also right-click the slide master in the left navigation pane, and select Preserve Master from the shortcut menu that appears.
  • Duplicate: If you want to create new slide masters or layouts similar to existing ones, you can duplicate them to streamline the process. Right-click the slide master or layout in the left navigation pane that you want to duplicate, and then select either Duplicate Slide Master or Duplicate Layout from the shortcut menu that appears. Another way to duplicate is to use the Copy and Paste buttons on the ribbon or on the right-click shortcut menu.

Designing Slide Masters and Layouts

To design your slide masters and layouts, use the standard development tools on the Home, Insert, and Animations tabs as well as the following features found on the Slide Master tab.

  1. The Insert Placeholder drop-down gives you several optional placeholders for layouts: content, text, picture, character, movie, flash, or web object. After adding a placeholder to a layout, you can resize it and position it where you want it on the slide. (This option isn't available for slide masters. It only pertains to layouts.)
  2. The Title box will display a title placeholder on a layout when it's checked. Uncheck the Title box to remove the title placeholder. (This option isn't available for slide masters. It only pertains to layouts.)
  3. The Themes drop-down list lets you apply a consistent design to your slide masters and layouts. A theme consists of colors, fonts, and objects.
    • You can apply a theme to the selected slide master by left-clicking it. Or, you can right-click it and select Apply to Selected Slide Master.
    • You can save your current design as a custom theme, which can then be used in other quizzes or shared with other developers. To save your design as a custom theme, click Save Current Theme at the bottom of the drop-down list.
      Tip: The default save location for themes is %appdata%\Articulate\Templates\Themes, and this is where you want to save your custom themes if you want them to appear in the Themes drop-down list for other quizzes. If you want to share a custom theme with other developers, just send them a copy of the theme file you created.
    • If you receive a custom theme file from another developer or another computer, click Browse for Themes at the bottom of the drop-down list, and browse to the theme file.
    • To learn more about managing and applying themes, see this tutorial.
  4. The Colors drop-down lets you apply a consistent color scheme to your slide masters and layouts.
    • Preview how a particular theme colors will look in your quiz by hovering over it.
    • Apply theme colors to the selected slide master by simply left-clicking one of the palettes or by right-clicking it and choosing Apply to Slide Master. If you have more than one slide master in your quiz and you want to apply a theme to all of them at the same time, right-click it and choose Apply to All Slide Masters.
    • To create your own custom theme colors, click Create New Theme Colors at the bottom of the drop-down list.
    • To edit a custom theme, right-click it and select Edit. (Built-in themes can't be edited.)
    • To delete a custom theme, right-click it and select Delete. (Built-in themes can't be deleted.)
    • To learn more about theme colors, see this tutorial.
  5. The Fonts drop-down list lets you apply consistent theme fonts to your slide masters and layouts.
    • Preview how a particular theme will look in your quiz by hovering over it.
    • Apply a theme to your slide master by simply left-clicking it or by right-clicking it and choosing Apply to Slide Master. If you have more than one slide master in your quiz and you want to apply a theme to all of them at the same time, right-click it and choose Apply to All Slide Masters.
    • To create your own custom theme fonts, click Create New Theme Fonts at the bottom of the drop-down list.
    • To edit a custom theme, right-click it and select Edit. (Built-in themes can't be edited.)
    • To delete a custom theme, right-click it and select Delete. (Built-in themes can't be deleted.)
    • To learn more about theme fonts, see this tutorial.
  6. The Background Styles drop-down lets you apply a consistent background to your slide masters and layouts.
    • Preview how one of the ready-made background styles will look in your quiz by hovering over it.
    • Apply a ready-made background style to the selected slide master and all its layouts by simply left-clicking the background style. If you only want to apply it to the selected layout, right-click the desired background style and choose Apply Only to This Question. (Note: If you choose Apply Only to This Question while you have a slide master selected, the background style will get applied to the slide master and all its layouts.)
    • To customize the background style, click Format Background at the bottom of the drop-down list. Or, right-click the slide master or layout that you want to modify, and select Format Background. Then use the Fill and Picture tabs to design your background style.
    • To learn more about background styles, see this tutorial.
  7. When the Hide Background Graphics box is marked, the objects on that particular layout that have been inherited from its parent slide master will be hidden. When background graphics are hidden, they won't appear in your published quiz for any slides that are based on that layout. (This option isn't available for slide masters. It only pertains to layouts.)

Closing the Slide Master

To exit slide master view, click Close Master View on the Slide Master tab of the ribbon. The changes you made to your slide masters and layouts will automatically be applied to any existing slides in your quiz that are based on those slide masters or layouts.

Changing Layouts for Existing Slides

To change the layout for an existing slide in your quiz, do the following:

  1. In Normal View, navigate to the slide you want to change.
  2. Right-click the slide thumbnail in the left navigation pane, scroll to Layout, and click the layout you want to use. If you're in Slide View, you can also right-click anywhere in the slide workspace, scroll to Layout, and click the desired layout.

You might also want to explore:

Using Feedback Masters
Using Themes
Working with Theme Colors
Working with Theme Fonts
Applying a Background Design
Creating and Using Articulate Quizmaker Templates