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Start with a template

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Try it!

  1. Select File > New.

  2. Choose a template or type a key word or phrase into the Search for online templates and themes field, and press Enter.

  3. When you find the template that you want, select it to see the details, and then select Create.

Note: If you created templates, they may be under the Personal tab. Business customers may see a Company tab with themed templates. 

If you've created a template or gotten one from elsewhere, store it in the right location to make it easy to apply:

C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates

Replace <UserName> with whatever your user name is on this computer.

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Apply a template

  1. In PowerPoint, click File, and then click New.

  2. Under Available Templates and Themes, do one of the following:

    Selecting templates from online or desktop

    • To reuse a template that you've recently used, click Recent Templates.

    • To use a template that you installed to your local drive previously, click My Templates, click the template that you want, and then click OK.

    • Under Office.com Templates, click a template category, select a template, and then click Download to download the template to your local drive.

  3. When you find the template that you want, click it to see the details, and then click Create.

Where to put a template

If you've created a template or gotten one from elsewhere, store it in the right location to make it easy to apply:

C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates

What is a PowerPoint template?

A PowerPoint template is a pattern or blueprint of a slide or group of slides that you save as a .potx file. Templates can contain layouts, colors, fonts, effects, background styles, and even content.

You can create your own custom templates and store them, reuse them, and share them with others. You can also find hundreds of different types of free templates on templates.office.com and on other partner websites that you can apply to your presentation.

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