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Macabacus lets you create new presentations based on your active template and pre-populated with slides you know you will need, such as a title page. This helps you "hit the ground running" rather than starting new presentations from scratch. To create a new presentation, click the
Macabacus > New > New Presentation button. You can specify which special slides (e.g., title page, legal notices) and sections (with corresponding flysheets, or divider slides) Macabacus includes by default in new presentations in the Application Settings dialog.
If you want Macabacus to use the active template and pre-populate slides/sections for new presentations created natively in PowerPoint, then check the "Use template for all new presentations" box in the Application Settings dialog. With this feature enabled, a new Macabacus-enabled presentation will be created upon (a) starting PowerPoint, (b) keying the native
Ctrl+N shortcut, and (c) clicking the native
New button in Backstage view, rather than a default presentation with a single blank slide.
Sometimes, you just want to create a "rider"—a short presentation containing only a few slides that you are perhaps contributing to another presentation authored by a colleague. When you click the
Macabacus > New > New Slide button, Macabacus creates a new presentation based on the active template and inserts a single slide based on the first content layout in the template.
If you have a presentation that was not created using your Macabacus-enabled template as its foundation, you can apply your Macabacus template to the presentation by clicking the
Macabacus > New > Apply Active Template button. This will add the Slide Master and its custom layouts from your Macabacus template to the presentation. If any existing Slide Masters in the presentation are not preserved, they will be automatically removed along with their layouts. If any are preserved, Macabacus will prompt you to remove them and their layouts. Clicking
No at this prompt appends the Slide Master from your Macabacus-enabled template to existing Slide Masters in the presentation, resulting in multiple Slide Masters.
To tell if your presentation's Slide Master is "preserved," go to Slide Master view. If a pin icon appears next to the Slide Master, it is preserved.
In general, you want to avoid having multiple Slide Masters in your presentations. Multiple Slide Masters will unnecessarily bloat presentations and render some Macabacus presentation automation tools inoperable/ineffective. Although the use of multiple Slide Masters is permissible in PowerPoint, and there are valid use cases for it, we generally consider this poor practice more often resulting from an oversight than intent. If you think your presentation requires multiple Slide Masters, try creating separate Macabacus-enabled templates—one for each Slide Master—and then apply them individually as desired.
This documentation refers to Macabacus version 8.8.16, and may differ from the PDF documentation
on your computer that installed with your version of Macabacus.