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It’s a very smart idea to use master slide(s) in an Adobe Captivate 5 presentation project. Everything you have on a master slide will appear by default on the slides that uses that specific master.
For example, to display your web site address in each slide, a master slide would be perfect.
You can have multiple master slides but can assign only one master slide to any given slide.
Follow these steps:
(1) Create a blank project in Captivate 5 by clicking on the Create New > Blank Project on the starter screen. When prompted by the New Blank Project screen, elect a slide size and click OK.
(2) Select Window > Master Slide from the menu:
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(3) Select Insert > Standard Objects > Text Caption (Shift + Ctrl + C) from the menu to insert a TEXT PLACE HOLDER:
(4) Type in the URL of your web site. Then. drag the text to the bottom of the master slide (my preference):
Now this text will appear at the bottom of every slide that uses this master slide.
(5) Create a new slide by selecting Insert > New Slide from the menu (Shift + Ctrl + V). Design it any way you like:
As you can see, since the Master Slide is not yet assigned to this slide, we do not see the web site URL displayed at the bottom. Let’s now assign the Master Slide and see what happens:
(6) On the Properties > General pod, from the Master Slide drop-down list select and assign the Master Page 1 you’ve created earlier. To make sure the Master Page elements are displayed on your individual slide, click and select the Master Slide Object on Top check-box:
(7) Now your new slide will display both its own elements and those of the Master Slide, just as you’d expect:
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LESSON: Master Slide is a useful TEMPLATE. Imagine inserting the web site URL to 200 slides and then realizing that you have the WRONG address! TO change it, you’d have to go back and edit 200 individual slides. Good luck!
If the URL address is on your master slide, however, you need to change it only ONCE in that master slide and the address will automatically change in all 200 slides — assuming of course that all 200 use the same master slide.