Change the default design for new presentations

When you click New on the Standard toolbar, Microsoft PowerPoint displays a new slide that uses a default ("blank") design. You can change this design so that it always includes certain elements, such as a logo or a type of background, font, or bullet.

  1. On the Standard toolbar, click New Button image.
  2. On the View menu, point to Master, and then click Slide Master.
  3. On the 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.), make the changes that you want to be reflected in every new presentation.
  4. On the Slide Master View toolbar, click Close Master View.
  5. On the File menu, click Save As.

 Note   In order for blank.pot to become the default, it must be saved to the default path in the Save As dialog box.

  1. In the Save as type box, select Design Template; in the File Name box, type blank, and then click Save.
  2. Close the template.

 Note   You must name the template "blank.pot" regardless of what language version of PowerPoint you have and which language is installed. Also, the variation "blank presentation.pot" will not work.

Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003