Create your own presentation template in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

A template is simply a starting point. You create it once that can be used over and over again. To create a template, you can start with a presentation you already created, one you downloaded, or a brand new one that you decide to customize in any number of ways.

Create a PowerPoint template

  1. Open a blank presentation, and then on the View tab, click Slide Master.

    The slide master is the largest slide image at the top of the slide thumbnail list. Associated layouts are positioned beneath it.

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

    PowerPoint for Mac Slide Master
    • To add a colorful theme with special fonts, and effects, click Themes, and pick a theme.

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

    • To add a placeholder for text, picture, chart, and other objects, in the thumbnail pane, click the slide layout that you want to hold the placeholder. From Insert Placeholder, pick the type of placeholder you want to add, and drag to draw the placeholder size.

      PowerPoint for Mac Insert Placeholder

Save your presentation as a PowerPoint template (.potx)

  1. On the File tab, click Save as Template.

  2. In the Save As box, type a file name and click Save.

See Also

Differences between templates, themes, and Word styles

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