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There’s an odd quirk in PowerPoint 2016 that causes the Text node in the Slide Master to not show up in the children.

  1. Insert Slide Master
  2. Move the text in the MASTER SLIDE off to the right, so you can clearly see which ones it is has skewed in of the LAYOUTS that are automatically set up below.
  3. Delete all the template layouts so you just have the Slide Master EXCEPT the 2nd Layout that has the movable Content node.
  4. You can duplicate this Layout node for additional nodes that have linked Content to the Master node.


This is the only Layout whose Content node modes with the Text in the Master. It’s difficult to get Powerpoint to behave this way otherwise.

By default, PowerPoint cleans up (by deletion) all unused master slide layouts almost immediately after you click “Close Master View”. As such, be sure to PRESERVE YOUR LAYOUTS┬áby clicking the thumbtack icon just prior to closing out of the Slide Master View.