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Working with Templates


This article details how to work with templates in Microsoft PowerPoint.


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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:



Open Powerpoint To Begin



Next, switch to Slide Master view by clicking View → Slide Master:



View In Slide Masters



Click to select the top-level master for the current presentation (at the top of the Slides pane):



Select Top Level Master



The current template is quite plain, so let’s dress it up a bit by applying a theme. Click Slide Master → Themes → Circuit:



Apply Theme To Slide Master



The new theme will be applied to the slide master. This has the effect of changing the presentation’s background, colors, and fonts:



New Theme Applied To Slide Master



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:



Save New Templete



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:



Amend Save As Dialog Box



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:



Automatic Directory Change



Close Microsoft PowerPoint.


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