<sldMaster> (Slide Master)

This element specifies an instance of a slide master slide. Within a slide master slide are contained all elements that describe the objects and their corresponding formatting for within a presentation slide. Within a slide master slide are two main elements. The <cSld> element specifies the common slide elements such as shapes and their attached text bodies. Then the <txStyles> element specifies the formatting for the text within each of these shapes. The other properties within a slide master slide specify other properties for within a presentation slide such as color information, headers and footers, as well as timing and transition information for all corresponding presentation slides.

Parent Elements

Root element of PresentationML Slide Master part

Child Elements


<clrMap> (Color Scheme Map)


<cSld> (Common Slide Data)


<extLst> (Extension List with Modification Flag)


<hf> (Header/Footer information for a slide master)


<sldLayoutIdLst> (List of Slide Layouts)


<timing> (Slide Timing Information for a Slide Layout)


<transition> (Slide Transition for a Slide Layout)


<txStyles> (Slide Master Text Styles)




<preserve> (Preserve Slide Master)

Specifies whether the corresponding slide layout will be deleted when all the slides that follow that layout are deleted. If this attribute is not specified then a value of <false> should be assumed by the generating application. This would mean that the slide would in fact be deleted if no slides within the presentation were related to it.

The possible values for this attribute are defined by the XML Schema boolean datatype.

The following XML Schema fragment defines the contents of this element:

<complexType name="CT_SlideMaster">
	<sequence minOccurs="1" maxOccurs="1">
	<element name="cSld" type="CT_CommonSlideData" minOccurs="1" maxOccurs="1"/>
	<group ref="EG_TopLevelSlide" minOccurs="1" maxOccurs="1"/>
	<element name="sldLayoutIdLst" type="CT_SlideLayoutIdList" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1"/>
	<element name="transition" type="CT_SlideTransition" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1"/>
	<element name="timing" type="CT_SlideTiming" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1"/>
	<element name="hf" type="CT_HeaderFooter" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1"/>
	<element name="txStyles" type="CT_SlideMasterTextStyles" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1"/>
	<element name="extLst" type="CT_ExtensionListModify" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1"/>
	<attribute name="preserve" type="xsd:boolean" use="optional" default="false"/>