The AutoContent Wizard, which you can open from the New Presentation task pane, is designed to make it easy for you to create your presentation by providing ideas and suggestions for presentation type, delivery format, and slide options. These templates are called content templates (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.).
About content and design templates
Content templates contain the design for the presentation, as well as sample text that you can use or edit. Use these templates as a quick way to get started on a typical presentation. To create a presentation from a content template, see Create a presentation using suggested content.
Templates that provide only a "look" for your presentation, not actual suggested content, are called 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.). Design templates appear as thumbnails in the Slide Design task pane (Format menu, Slide Design command). Use these templates when you want to quickly apply a look to your presentation. (The design template thumbnails display text, but it is intended only to show text styles, and does not represent sample content).
You can also create your own design template. When you create and save a design template, the presentation appears alphabetically in the Slide Design task pane under Available for Use the next time you open PowerPoint. After you have created a design template, you can use it to create a presentation.
You can save a presentation as a template or add an existing PowerPoint template (.pot) (see steps below) to any of the AutoContent Wizard categories or presentation types. These appear in the second screen of the AutoContent Wizard (Presentation type). It is not possible to add additional categories to the AutoContent Wizard.
Note The Carnegie Coach templates are not available in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003.
Add a template to the AutoContent Wizard
- On the File menu, click New.
- In the New Presentation task pane, under New, click From AutoContent Wizard.
- Click the Next button.
- Select the category that you want your template to be displayed in.
- Click Add.
- Find the template you want to add, and then click OK.
To remove a content template from the wizard, click the template in the list on the second wizard screen, and then click Remove.
Tip For in-depth training on creating your own template in PowerPoint, see Create your own template.