Create and save a PowerPoint template

When you create a presentation and then save it as a PowerPoint template (.potx) file, you can share it with your colleagues and reuse it again. To create a template, you'll need to modify a slide master and a set of slide layouts.

Tip: There are thousands of free PowerPoint templates you can search for online when you open PowerPoint. You can find templates at that you can use or revise to meet your needs.

Note: You'll need to use the desktop version of PowerPoint 2016 or PowerPoint 2013 (not PowerPoint Online) to follow these steps.

Create a PowerPoint template

  1. Open a blank presentation, and then on the View tab, in the Master Views group, choose Slide Master.

    On the View tab, click Slide Master

    The slide master is the largest slide image at the top of the slide thumbnail list, to the left of your slides. Associated slide layouts are positioned beneath the slide master.

    Slide Master

  2. To make changes to the slide master or slide layouts, on the Slide Master tab, do any of the following:

    • To add a colorful theme with special fonts and effects, click Themes, and choose a theme from the gallery. Use the scrollbar on the right to see more themes.

      PowerPoint themes

    • To change the background, click Background Styles, and choose a background.

      PowerPoint background styles

    • To add a placeholder (to hold text, a picture, chart, video, sound, and other objects), in the thumbnail pane, select the slide layout that you want to hold the placeholder, and do the following:

      Click Insert Placeholder, and select the type of placeholder you want to add.

      Shows the Insert Placeholder button in the Slide Master View in PowerPoint

      On the slide master or slide layout, click and drag to draw the placeholder size.

      Tip: To resize a placeholder, drag the corner of one of its borders.

    • To move a placeholder around on a slide master or slide layout, select the edge and then drag it into a new position.

      Moving a placeholder on a slide

    • To remove an unwanted placeholder in a slide master or slide layout, select it in the slide thumbnail pane, and then select the border of the placeholder on the slide and press Delete.

    • To set the page orientation for all of the slides in your presentation, click Slide Size > Custom Slide Size.

      Custom Slide Size menu option

      Under Orientation, choose Portrait or Landscape.

      Click Portrait

Save your presentation as a PowerPoint template (.potx)

  1. On the File tab, click Save As.

  2. Under Save, click Browse.

  3. In the Save As dialog box, in the File name box, type a file name for your template, or do nothing to accept the suggested file name.

  4. In the Save as type list, choose PowerPoint Template, and then select Save.

    Save as a PowerPoint Template

    PowerPoint automatically stores your new template in the Custom Office Templates folder.

  5. To use your template for a new presentation, click File > New.

    • In PowerPoint 2016, click Custom > Custom Office Templates, and then double-click the template you saved.

    • In PowerPoint 2013, click Personal, and then double-click the template you saved.

See Also

Provide instructions for users of your template

Create your own theme in PowerPoint

Save a slide design (theme) as a template

Resize, resposition, or delete a placeholder

What is a slide master?

What is a slide layout?

Create your own presentation template in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

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