Apply a template to your presentation

Note: To learn more about PowerPoint templates, see What is a PowerPoint template?

When you want your presentation to contain thoughtful arrangement of elements and color, fonts, effects, style, and layout to your plain slides, applying a template (.potx file) can help. This will give you a jump-start on a new, blank presentation.

You can apply templates that are built-in to PowerPoint, created by you and then saved to your computer, or downloaded from third-party Web sites. To download templates from Microsoft, see the options available from the PowerPoint Template categories on Office.com, or go to File > New to search for templates from within PowerPoint.

To apply a template, do the following:

  1. On the File tab, click New.

  2. Under Available Templates and Themes, do one of the following:

    • To reuse a template that you've recently used, click Recent Templates.

    • To use a template that you installed to your local drive previously, click My Templates, click the template that you want, and then click OK.

    • Under Office.com Templates, click a template category, select a template, and then click Download to download the template from Office.com to your local drive.

Links to more information about PowerPoint templates

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