When you are applying a slide design to a slide, all of the slides in your presentation are formatted with the selected slide design.

You are not given the choice of whether to apply the slide design to the entire presentation or only the currently selected slide.

This behavior occurs when you select the Slides view in the left-most pane (the slide navigation pane) in Normal view, or when the slide navigation pane has been closed.

This behavior does not occur when you select the Outline view in the slide navigation pane when you use PowerPoint 2002.


To apply a slide design only to the currently selected slide in PowerPoint 2002 and PowerPoint 2003, follow these steps:

  1. In the Slide Design task pane, browse to the slide design that you want. (If the Slide Design task pane is not visible, click Slide Design on the Format menu.)

  2. When you rest the mouse pointer over your selected design in the Slide Design task pane, a gray options button with an arrow appears. Click this button.

  3. Click Apply to Selected Slides in the options button list.

To apply a slide design to only the slide that is currently selected in PowerPoint 2007, follow these steps:

  1. Select the slide to which you want to apply the design.

  2. On the Design tab, right-click the design in the Themes group, and then click Apply to Selected Slides.


You can work around this problem by selecting the Outline view instead of the Slide view in the slide navigation pane in PowerPoint 2002. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. If the slide navigation pane has been closed, click Normal (Restore Panes) on the View menu.

  2. In the slide navigation pane, click Outline in the upper left corner.

    The Outline view is displayed in the slide navigation pane.

In Outline view, you can apply a slide design to any selected slide with a single click.

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