Last week I wrote about Captivate's Main Master Slide and Content Master Slides. I demonstrated how adding an object to a Main Master Slide instantly adds that object to all of the Content Master Slides and the Filmstrip slides. I went on to say that once you added an object to a Main Master Slide, you were stuck with that object on all other slides... and short of deleting the object from the Main Master Slide, there was nothing you could do about it.
Of course, my "all or nothing" comment prompted several emails from "Skills & Drills" readers that took me to task. Many of you pointed out, quite correctly, that it is actually very simple to remove an remove Main Master Slide object from Content Master Slides.
Nope... you are all wrong and it's not possible!
Okay, okay... when it comes to using the Main Master Slide, Captivate isn't as draconian as I wrote. (Never say never, right?) In fact, electing to hide objects on the Main Master Slide is very easy. Using the Master Slides panel (Window > Master Slides), select a Content Master Slide and, on the Properties panel, General group, deselect Show Main Master Slide Objects.
Any objects that you've added to the Main Master Slide will instantly be removed from the selected Content Master Slide.
But wait... what if you've merged an object into the background of the Main Master Slide? (You can right-click any object and choose Merge with the Background.) Once you merge an object, the object will instantly become part of the slide's background. In that case, there will not be an object on the Main Master Slide to hide. Wouldn't the Content Master and Filmstrip slides now have no choice but to fully obey the Main Master Slide? Actually, no. In the case of a merged background object, simply select a Content Master Slide and, once again on the Properties panel, General group, deselect Use Master Slide Background (shown in the image above). The merged background object will instantly be hidden from view.
Note: If you'd like to see the process of hiding master slide objects (and merging slide objects with the slide background), check out this video demonstration on our YouTube channel.
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