How to Preserve a Slide Master in Microsoft PowerPoint

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In Brief...

PowerPoint may delete slide masters that are not in use. Preserving a slide master ensures that PowerPoint will not delete it. You can preserve a slide master in just a few easy steps.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft PowerPoint: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. On the View tab, in the Master Views group (Presentation Views in PowerPoint 2007), click Slide Master.
    Slide Master

  2. On the Slide Master tab, ensure the slide master is selected, then in the Edit Master group, click Preserve.
    Click Preserve
  3. A pushpin icon next to the master slide in the Slides pane indicates it has been preserved (this icon does not display in PowerPoint 2007).
    Pushpin Icon

Author: Dave Dunn

Dave Dunn joined Webucator as Chief Operating Officer in early 2009. He has served as a CFO and COO for numerous small and medium-sized companies, including Summit Software Company, Insight Research Group, Avalon Consulting, and HealthcareOne. He has expertise in business development, financial management, marketing and human resources and particularly enjoys working with rapidly growing companies.

Dave received his Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College and his MBA from Syracuse University. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Montessori School of Syracuse since 2001.