Apply a template to a new presentation

Overview: Apply a template to jump-start your next presentation

By using Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, you can apply templates to structure style and page layout, and give you a jump-start on a new, blank presentation.

You can apply templates that are built-in to PowerPoint 2007, created by you and then saved to your computer, or downloaded from Microsoft Office Online or third-party Web sites. To download templates from Microsoft Office, open PowerPoint and go to File > New to search for templates from within PowerPoint itself.

  • In versions of PowerPoint earlier than Office PowerPoint 2007, to change the look of your presentation — such as the types and sizes of bullets, background design and fill colors, and placeholder sizes and positions — you applied a design template. With Office PowerPoint 2007, you apply a theme to achieve the same result. For more information about how apply a theme to change the look of your presentation, see Apply a theme to your presentation and Using PowerPoint 2007 themes and background styles.

  • To change the default theme to one that you want to use most often, see Change the default theme.

Apply a template

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Office button image , and then click New.

  2. In the New Presentation dialog box, do one of the following:

    • Under Templates, click Blank and recent, Installed Templates, or Installed Themes, click the built-in template that you want, and then click Create.

    • Under Templates, click New from existing, locate and then click the other presentation file that contains the template, and then click Create New.

    • Under Templates, click My templates, select a custom template that you created, and then click OK.

    • Under Microsoft Office Online, click a template category, select a template, and then click Download to download the template from Microsoft Office Online.

      Note: To view a demo about downloading and applying a template from Office Online, watch the demo below.

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