One advantage of printing in PowerPoint, instead of in Word, is that you can assign print settings to a presentation and save them. If you want a particular presentation always to print as a 3-slides-per-page handout with lines for notes, you can choose that type once and not bother again for that file.
You assign such default settings with the presentation open in normal view. On the Tools menu, click Options. On the Print tab, select Use the following print settings, then choose the printout type you want and other options. Then save the file to preserve these settings.
Apply defaults to a template You can assign default print settings to a design template, too. If you open the template file (.pot file extension), select the settings, and save the template, these settings will apply to every presentation you create that uses the template.