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I have a Slide Master with a textbox for the title and another textbox below. Both of the textboxes are set to use English (U.S.).

Whenever I create a new slide based on that master, the language of the textboxes is Spanish (Argentina).

Is it expected that the language of textboxes in a Slide Master is not kept in slides?

Is there any way of changing this behavior?

EDIT This question has a follow-up one

Setting the language of a Powerpoint presentation

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New slides seem to assume the language that the entire presentation's set to, regardless of the language of the placeholders on the masters/layouts.

Then in some versions, PPT may change the language based on your keyboard (ie, windows settings). That's controlled by Options | Advanced | Automatically switch keyboard ...etc. Try removing the checkmark there.

  • Thanks. Do you know how to change "the language that the entire presentation's set to"? I have googled, but I have found workarounds for changing the language of currently existing placeholders (and also VBA code for changing all text), not for anything to be inserted in the future. I might use it after the presentation is finished, but it is still a workaround, and it is incomplete (I might forget doing that after finishing, or someone else might not do it in shared work). The checkmark you mention is already cleared. – sancho.s ReinstateMonicaCellio Dec 30 '13 at 14:08
  • I've followed up there with a bit of code that should help. And a warning about using it. ;-) – Steve Rindsberg Dec 30 '13 at 15:53
  • By the way, if you want something a bit more user-friendly than running VBA, and more complete than most of the VBA scraps you find on the net, I've got a commercial add-in that does the job. pptools.com/languageselector – Steve Rindsberg Dec 30 '13 at 15:55
  • >> Is it expected that the language of textboxes in a Slide Master is not kept in slides? Yes, it's expected and a feature, not a flaw. It enables users to enter text in a language other than that specified in the slide master/placeholders. >> Is there any way of changing this behavior? I've explained how to change the behavior elsewhere, so I guess the answer is Yes. If I'm misunderstanding the question, let me know. – Steve Rindsberg Dec 30 '13 at 20:10
  • You are right, answer to 1) should be "Yes". But then Is there any way of changing this behavior? I guess it is "No, but you can anyway take a workaround". And since you answered "seem to assume", I understood that it was based on experience, not on specific documentation... – sancho.s ReinstateMonicaCellio Dec 30 '13 at 20:35

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