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Saving a Template

A template file (.potx) saves all the customizations you made to slide masters, slide layouts, and themes to reuse in other presentations. You can save any presentation as a template file and use it to form the basis of your next presentation, which is useful for standard company presentations. Although you can store your template anywhere you want, you may find it handy to store it in the Templates folder that PowerPoint and Microsoft Office uses to store its templates. If you store your design templates in the Templates folder, those templates appear as options when you choose the New command on the File tab, and then click My Templates.

Create a Custom Template

  • yellow_01.jpg Open any presentation.
  • yellow_02.jpg If you want, create and customize one or more slide masters or slide layouts.
  • yellow_03.jpg Format the placeholders on the slide masters and slide layouts.
  • yellow_04.jpg Place objects or insert pictures on the slide masters and slide layouts.
  • yellow_05.jpg Add the footer and header information you want to include.
  • yellow_06.jpg Click the File tab, and then click Save As.
  • yellow_07.jpg Enter a name for your template.
  • yellow_08.jpg Click the Save as type list arrow, and then click PowerPoint Template.

    Microsoft Office templates are typically stored in the following location:

    Windows 7 or Vista. C:/Users /your name/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Templates

    Windows XP. C:/Documents and Settings/your name/Application Data/Microsoft/Templates

  • yellow_09.jpg Click Save.

Change an Existing Design Template

  • yellow_01.jpg Click the File tab, and then click Open.
  • yellow_02.jpg Click the Files of type list arrow, and then click PowerPoint Template.
  • yellow_03.jpg If necessary, click the Look in list arrow, and then select the folder containing the template you want to open.

    Microsoft Office templates are typically stored in the following location:

    Windows 7 or Vista. C:/Users/your name/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Templates

    Windows XP. C:/Documents and Settings/your name/Application Data/Microsoft/Templates

  • yellow_04.jpg Click the template you want to change.
  • yellow_05.jpg Click Open.
  • yellow_06.jpg Make your changes to the template.
  • yellow_07.jpg Click the File tab, and then click Save As.
  • yellow_08.jpg Click the Save as type list arrow, and then click PowerPoint Template.
  • yellow_09.jpg Click Save.
  • yellow_10.jpg Click Yes to replace the existing file.
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