About design templates

Microsoft PowerPoint provides design templates (design template: A file that contains the styles in a presentation, including the type and size of bullets and fonts; placeholder sizes and positions; background design and fill color schemes; and a slide master and optional title master.) that you can apply to a presentation to give it a fully designed, professional look.

PowerPoint design templates

PowerPoint design templates

Using the Slide Design task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), you can preview and apply a design template to your presentation. The template can be applied to all slides or selected slides, and you can apply more than one type of design template in a single presentation.

Whenever you apply a design template, a slide master (slide master: The main slide that stores information about the theme and layouts of a presentation, including the background, color, fonts, effects, placeholder sizes, and positions.) for that template is added to your presentation. If you apply a different template to all your slides, the old slide master is replaced by the master in the new template.

You can save any presentation you've created as a new design template, and it will be available in the Slide Design task pane.

Other types of templates

Content templates     A content template (content template: A design template that also contains text suggestions on each slide. You replace the text suggestions with the text that you want. A content template contains a slide master and an optional title master.) has all the elements of a design template plus a suggested outline for the presentation. You apply a content template when you first create a presentation, through the AutoContent Wizard.

A content template suggests text for a specific type of presentation, such as a business plan or project goals.

One slide in a content template with suggestions for bullet points

You can create your own content templates and add them to the AutoContent Wizard.

Templates from Web sites     Your team might always use a template that's stored on a Web site. You can access such files from within PowerPoint.

Templates on Microsoft.com     Choose from additional PowerPoint templates available from Microsoft Office Online in the Templates area of Microsoft Office Template Gallery. The templates are arranged according to type of presentation.

Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003