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PowerPoint 2003: Creating and Editing a Custom Template

PowerPoint 2003: Creating and Editing a Custom Template

It may happen that you search and search and nothing from Microsoft matches what you need. In that case, start your creative juices and grab a cup a coffee, because it looks like you’ll need to create the template yourself.

But, don’t freak out, yet. It’s a snap. First, you create a presentation shell. Then, you save it as a template.

That’s it.

Creating a Template

The beauty of using your own and someone else’s template is that it opens a new file, every time. Templates are great for creating a presentation shell complete with a company logo and approved format that can be used over and over again without disrupting existing presentations.

     
  1. Create your presentation shell
     
  2.  
  3. Choose File: Save As… from the Menu bar
     
  4.  
  5. Under Save As Type, choose PowerPoint Template
      (the Save In directory will automatically change to the template directory which typically is: C:“Documents and Settings"Owner"Application Data"Microsoft"Templates)
     
  6.  
  7. Enter a name for your template
     
  8.  
  9. Click Save
     
Using a Custom Template
     
  1. Choose File: New from the Menu bar
     
  2.  
  3. Choose On My Computer… from the New Presentation Task Pane
     
  4.  
  5. Select one of the listed templates
     
  6.  
  7. Click OK
     

Editing a Custom Template

     
  1. Choose File: Open from the Menu bar
  2.  
  3.  Navigate to the Templates folder
      (C:“Documents and Settings"Owner"Application Data"Microsoft"Templates)
  4.  
  5. Select the Template you want to edit
  6.  
  7. Click Open
  8.  
  9. Make your changes
  10.  
  11. Click Save when you are finished