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Working with Chart Templates
6. Close the task pane when you are finished working with the chart’s rotation.
Working with Chart Templates
After you have formatted a chart the way you want it, you can save it as a template. You
can then apply these same formatting options to other charts at a later time.
Creating a Chart Template
To create a chart template, follow these steps:
1. Select a chart that is formatted exactly the way you want the template to be. If
you want the template to use theme colors, use them in the chart; if you want the
template to use fi xed colors, apply them instead.
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2. Right-click the chart and click Save as Template. The Save Chart Template dialog
box opens.
3. Type a name for the template.
4. Click Save.
By default, chart templates are stored in C:\Users\ username \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\
Template\Charts , with a .crtx (Chart Template) i lename extension. You can copy templates from another PC
and store them in that location and they will show up on your list of chart templates on the current PC.
Applying a Chart Template
To apply a chart template to an existing chart, follow these steps:
1. Select the chart, and on the Chart Tools Design tab, click Change Chart Type.
You can also right-click the chart and choose Change Chart Type.
2. At the top of the list of categories, click Templates. PowerPoint displays all of
the custom templates that you have created.
3. Click the template that you want to use.
4. Click OK.
To apply a chart template to a new chart as you are creating it, after choosing
Insert
Chart, choose Templates as the chart type, and select the desired template.
Managing Template Files
Chart template fi les remain on your hard disk until you delete them. If you want to get
rid of a chart template, or rename it, you can do so by opening the folder location that
 
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