Working with Templates
This article details how to work with templates in Microsoft PowerPoint.
In this article you will learn how to create and save a template
Creating a Template
In order to successfully complete this module, you should complete all topics in order, in one session.
To begin creating a template, it is usually best to start with a blank slate. Open PowerPoint 2013 and create a blank presentation:
Next, switch to Slide Master view by clicking View → Slide Master:
Click to select the top-level master for the current presentation (at the top of the Slides pane):
The current template is quite plain, so let’s dress it up a bit by applying a theme. Click Slide Master → Themes → Circuit:
The new theme will be applied to the slide master. This has the effect of changing the presentation’s background, colors, and fonts:
From here, you can adjust the headers and footers and add images and placeholders, just as you would when designing a slide layout. Keep in mind that these elements will appear on any slide using this template.
Leave Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 open and continue to the next topic.
Saving a Template
When you have finished designing your template, save it by clicking File → Save As → Computer → Browse:
When the Save As dialog appears, type “Module 3” into the “File name” text box. Then, choose PowerPoint Template from the “Save as type” drop-down menu:
When PowerPoint Template is selected as the save type, the directory will automatically change to C:/Users/[username]/My Documents/Custom Office Templates if you are using Windows 8. (Previous versions of Windows will use the C:/Documents and Settings/[username]/Application Data/Microsoft/Templates directory.) Click Save:
Close Microsoft PowerPoint.
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