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PowerPoint 2007: Creating and Editing a Custom Template

PowerPoint 2007: Creating and Editing a Custom Template

I know you’ve seen all the templates that load with PowerPoint 2007. So, I won’t waste a ton of your time here going through all of them.

Using Preloaded Templates

However, I’m always amazed at the number of people who don’t take advantage of the wealth of templates Microsoft uploads to their website. And, they’re all free.

So, before you start creating something, do yourself a favor and do a quick search to see if anyone else has already created it. Chances are good that what you need has already been created and you can save yourself a ton of time by just downloading someone else’s creation.

Using an Installed Template

     
  1. Open the Office Menu
     
  2.  
  3. Click New
     
  4.  
  5. Under Templates, click Installed Templates
     

Figure 40. New Dialog Box – Installed Templates

    4.       Select one of the listed templates

    5.       Click Create

Using A Template from Microsoft Office Online

     
  1. Open the Office Menu
     
  2.  
  3. Click New
     
  4.  
  5. Under Microsoft Office Online, select a category
     
  6.  
  7. Select one of the listed templates
     
  8.  
  9. Click Download
     

Creating a New Template

Now, 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. Open the Office Menu
     
  4.  
  5. Choose Save As…
     
  6.  
  7. 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)
     
  8.  
  9. Enter a name for your template
     
  10.  
  11. Click Save
     

Using A Custom Template

     
  1. Open the Office Menu
     
  2.  
  3. Choose New
     
  4.  
  5. My templates…
     
  6.  
  7. Select one of the listed templates
     
  8.  
  9. Click OK
     

Editing a Custom Template

           
    1. Open the Office Menu
           
    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
           
    12.