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PowerPoint - Build Presentations From Templates

Get off to a fast start by using PowerPoint themes, that provide ready-made designs with built-in graphics, borders, fonts, and content placeholders. You can also download templates with content, such as awards and certificates.

Select a theme

Themes are ready-made presentation designs with pre-built colors, fonts, and layouts.

  1. Open PowerPoint. Or, if PowerPoint is already open, select File > New.

  2. Select one of the Themes.

  3. Select a color variant.

  4. Browse through More images if you like.

  5. Select Create.

  6. Select a placeholder to start typing.

    The fonts and colors depend on the theme.

  7. On the Home tab, select the New Slide drop-down to view other layouts in this theme.

Select a Template

A template gives you a slide that's pre-made with a design theme and content built right in.

  1. Open PowerPoint. Or, if PowerPoint is already open, select File > New.

  2. Select Search for online templates and themes and type in a keyword, and select the magnifying glass.

    Tip: You can also select one of the Suggested searches just below the search box.

  3. Select a template, and select Create.

    Or, double-click the template.

  4. Select the placeholder text to add or change what you'd like.

  5. Select File > Save As, select where you want to save it, type a name, and select Save.

    Now whenever you need it, you can open and make changes to use it again.

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Apply a template to your presentation

Create and save a PowerPoint template

Apply or change a slide layout

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Keywords:powerpoint power point build presentation templates graphics fonts theme office 365   Doc ID:79380
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-01-17 13:10 MDTUpdated:2018-05-24 11:34 MDT
Sites:New Mexico State University
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