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Slide.DisplayMasterShapes Property (PowerPoint)

office 365 dev account|Last Updated: 6/12/2017
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Determines whether the specified slide displays the background objects on the slide master. Read/write.


expression. DisplayMasterShapes

expression A variable that represents a Slide object.

Return Value



The value of the DisplayMasterShapes property can be one of these MsoTriState constants.

msoFalseThe specified slide does not display the background objects on the slide master.
msoTrueThe specified slide displays the background objects on the slide master. These background objects can include text, drawings, OLE objects, and clip art you add to the slide master. Headers and footers aren't included.

When you create a new slide, the default value for this property is msoTrue. If you copy a slide from another presentation, it retains the setting it had in the original presentation. That is, if the slide omitted slide master background objects in the original presentation, it will omit them in the new presentation as well.

Note that the look of the slide's background is determined by the color scheme and background and by the background objects. If setting the DisplayMasterShapes property alone doesn't give you the results you want, try setting the FollowMasterBackground and ColorScheme properties as well.


This example copies slide one from presentation two, pastes it at the end of presentation one, and matches the slide's background, color scheme, and background objects to the rest of presentation one.


With Presentations(1).Slides.Paste

    .FollowMasterBackground = True

    .ColorScheme = Presentations(1).SlideMaster.ColorScheme

    .DisplayMasterShapes = msoTrue

End With

See also


Slide Object

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