Load and apply a personal template

If you want to use a template you've saved for your next presentation, here's how.

Add your template to the right Templates folder for ease of access

  1. Copy or save your template (.potx) file to the Templates folder at: 

    C:\Users\ YourUserName \Documents\Custom Office Templates\

    Tip: YourUserName isn't the literal name of the folder. It is a placeholder for your user name. 

  2. On the File tab, click New.

  3. Select Personal or Custom. (The name varies, depending on circumstance.)

    Under File > New, select the Personal option to see your personal templates

    Under File > New, select the Custom option to see your personal templates

  4. Under the tab you've selected, select the folder where your template is stored.

  5. Double-click your template. 

    A new presentation opens with your template applied to it.

Import existing slides into your new presentation

  1. Open the file that contains the existing slides.

  2. Click the thumbnail pane and then select the slides you want:

    • Select all slides: Ctrl+A

    • Select a subset of the slides: Ctrl+click

  3. Copy the slides (Ctrl+C).

  4. Switch to the new file, right-click the thumbnail pane, and under Paste Options select Use Destination Theme:

    Under Paste Options, select the first option, Use Destination Theme

    All the copied slides are inserted in the new presentation.

Set your template as a default option

You can mark your personal template to be an option on the default Featured tab. Here’s how:

  1. Repeat steps 1–4 from the first procedure above. 

  2. Right-click your template and select Pin to List

See Also

Create and save a PowerPoint template

Where are my custom templates?

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