How to Change the Handout Master in PowerPoint 2007

By Doug Lowe

The PowerPoint Handout Master contains formatting information that’s applied automatically to your PowerPoint presentation. You can modify the Handout Master to meet your needs.


1Choose ViewPresentation ViewsHandout Master.

You see a Handout Master tab on the Ribbon.


2Select the Pages per Slide drop down list and make a choice.

The Handout Master shows the arrangement of handouts for slides printed two, three, four, six, or nine per page, plus the arrangement for printing outlines.

Unfortunately, you can’t move, resize, or delete the slide and outline placeholders that appear in the Handout Master. You can, however, add or change elements that you want to appear on each handout page, such as your name and phone number, a page number, and maybe a good lawyer joke.


3Click Close on the Handout Master tab on the Ribbon.

PowerPoint returns to Normal View.

4Print a handout to see whether your changes worked.

Handout Master elements are invisible until you print them, so you should print at least one handout page to check your work.