While Microsoft offers a wide range of free customizable PowerPoint templates in its online gallery and from within PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2016 if you don’t quite like any of them or need one that meets your brand identity building your own template from scratch is a great option.
Tailor-making your own template will save you time down the road and if it?s well-made it is bound to give your presentation a certain edge.
To start off, open a blank presentation. Go over to the View tab and click on Slide Master is the Master Views section of the ribbon.
As the slide master opens up, your window should look like the picture below. This is where you get creative and make changes to the Master Slide (learn how to use and edit master slides) and the following Slide Layouts (learn more about slide layouts).
Start creating your template by;
Using themes, colors, fonts, and effects of your choice
Add placeholders for text, images, charts, tables, Youtube videos, SmartArts by clicking on Insert Placeholder on the top ribbon. Drag the cursor and place it where you want the selected placeholder to appear.
Delete layout slides and placeholders (for example the date or footer holder) you don’t need.
Once you’re done making necessary changes, you must save your template to use it. Do not close Master View. Go to the File tab>Save As.
In the pop-up dialog box, type in the name you want to give to your template. From the Save as Type drop-down list, select PowerPoint Template and click on Save. PowerPoint then saves your template as a .potx file in the Customs Office Templates folder.
To use your template, click on File>New. Select Custom>Custom Office Templates, choose your template and you should be good to go.
Play around with master slides, layouts, and themes and there is no saying how well your template turns out to be.
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