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.
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.
Create your presentation shell
Choose File: Save As… from the Menu bar
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)
Enter a name for your template
Using a Custom Template
Choose File: New from the Menu bar
Choose On My Computer… from the New Presentation Task Pane
Select one of the listed templates
- Choose File: Open from the Menu bar
- Navigate to the Templates folder
(C:“Documents and Settings"Owner"Application Data"Microsoft"Templates)
- Select the Template you want to edit
- Click Open
- Make your changes
- Click Save when you are finished