Design Your Own Template: MS PowerPoint

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You've just started a new business and now you're going to be the keynote speaker at the Chamber of Commerce, trying to convince the townspeople to use your services.

You then decide to put together a PowerPoint presentation with bullet points to convince folks that you're the best -- but how can you do it in such a way to show off your expertise?

Of course! You need a Custom Template in PowerPoint -- one that will showcase your company logo, address, e-mail, phone number, and more!

There are many reasons why you might want to have a custom template in PowerPoint. For example, you might want a holiday template, a schoolwork template; the list is endless. If you think about it, I'm sure you'll sum up lots of reasons, and now you can learn how to accomplish this very easy task. Once you've created your template and saved it, it will only take one click to use it again and again.

To create your own design template, follow the steps below:

  1. On the Standard toolbar, click New. This starts a new presentation with a default title slide added and the Default Design template applied.
  2. On the View menu, point to Master, and then click Slide Master.Make the changes you want to the slide master. Note: If you want certain changes only on title slides, insert a title master: On the Insert menu, click New Title Master. Make the specific changes to the title master.
  3. When you've finished creating the template, on the File menu, click Save As.
  4. In the File Name box, type a recognizable name for the template, and in the Save as type box, click Design Template (*.pot). click Save.
  5. To see the template within the Slide Design task pane, exit and then restart Microsoft PowerPoint. The template will be available in alphabetical order by the file name, under Available for Use.

That's it!

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