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Working with Templates
Working with Templates
If you had to create every presentation from scratch, starting with a blank
slide, you would probably put PowerPoint back in its box and use it as a
bookend. Creating a presentation is easy, but creating one that looks good
is a different story. Making a good-looking presentation is tough even for the
artistically inclined. For left-brained, nonartistic types, it’s next to impossible.
Thank heavens for themes and templates. A theme is simply a PowerPoint
presentation with predefined Slide Masters. A template is similar to a theme,
but also includes boilerplate text. Because they are so similar, I refer to both
themes and templates simply as templates throughout the rest of this section.
Templates jump-start the process of creating good-looking presentations. You
can create your own templates, but fortunately PowerPoint comes with a ton
of them designed by professional artists who understand color combinations,
balance, and all that other artsy stuff. Have a croissant and celebrate.
Templates use the special file extension .potx, but you can also use ordinary
PowerPoint presentation files (PPT) as themes or templates. You can,
therefore, use any of your own presentations as a template. If you make extensive
changes to a presentation’s Masters, you can use that presentation as a
template for other presentations that you create. Or, you can save the
presentation as a template by using the .potx file extension.
Because a template is a presentation, you can open it and change it if you want.
Creating a new template
If none of the templates that come with PowerPoint appeals to you, you can
easily create your own. All you have to do is create a presentation with the
Masters, and the color scheme set up just the way you want, and then save it
as a template. Here are a few points to remember about templates:
✓ If you want to make minor modifications to one of the supplied
templates, open the template by using the Open command. Then, make your
changes and use the Save As command to save the template under a
✓ You can also create your own presentation templates. Just create the
template as a normal presentation and add however many slides that
you want to include.
✓ Choose a location to store all your templates. You need to know the path
to this location to create new presentations based on your templates.