Free professionally-designed templates for PowerPoint 2010

You can create memorable and attractive Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 presentations with these high-quality templates!

Four of the professionally-designed templates

Each slide was crafted by PowerPoint MVP and designer Julie Terberg and demonstrates the most visually stunning and powerful features of PowerPoint 2010. Use the dynamic animation slides, beautiful picture slides, flying 3-D transition slides, brilliant title and text slides, organized SmartArt slides, or textured background slides for your own presentations.

Click here to browse and download these PowerPoint templates

Look in the slide notes!    Each slide includes instructions to help you customize these slides or even re-create them yourself.

What do you want to do?

Download and use the templates

 Important    You need to be connected to the Internet to download these templates.

Download the templates from within PowerPoint 2010

You can download, open, and use these templates from PowerPoint 2010:

  1. In PowerPoint 2010, click the File tab, and then click New.
  2. Under Templates, click Presentations, and then click Example slide effects with instructions.
  3. Click the template that you want, and then click Download.
    Viewing the Example slide effects with instructions folder in the PowerPoint backstage

Download the template from

You can download these templates from to your computer and then use them in your own presentations.

  1. Click here to browse the templates.
  2. Click the template that you want, and then click Download.
  3. In the Save As dialog box, navigate to the location where you want to save the templates, and then click Save.
    After the template is completely downloaded, it opens in PowerPoint.

Reuse a downloaded template

  1. Open PowerPoint 2010.
  2. On the File tab, click New
  3. Under Available Templates and Themes, click New from existing
  4. In the left pane of the New from Existing Presentation dialog box, click the drive or folder that contains the template.
  5. In the right pane of the New from Existing Presentation dialog box, click the template that you want, and then click Open.

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Read the instructions in the slide notes

Each template includes instructions to help you customize or even completely recreate the template. After you download the template, you can find the instructions in the Notes pane of the template.

Complete reproduction instructions in the slide notes
The “Picture with artistic effects and custom border” template with instructions

To use the instructions in the slide notes, you can either read the instructions directly from the slide notes from within PowerPoint 2010 or create a handout of the template in Microsoft Word.

ShowHow do I create a handout in Microsoft Word?

  1. In PowerPoint 2010, click the File tab.
  2. Click Save & Send.
  3. Under File Types, click Create a Handout.
  4. Under Create Handouts in Microsoft Word, click Create Handout.
  5. In the Send to Microsoft Word dialog box, under Page layout in Microsoft Word, select Notes below slides, and then click OK.
    Microsoft Word opens with a thumbnail of the slide and the complete slide notes as document text.

The instructions are organized into separate sub-procedures that correspond to different effects on the slide. In most cases, you can follow the procedure for a single effect in the template without needing to complete the other effects.

ShowWhy do the instructions say “Basic,” “Intermediate,” “Advanced,” or “Difficult” under the title?

The instructions are categorized by the level of difficulty of the tasks required to completely recreate the template, from “Basic” to “Difficult”:

  • Basic    instructions are approachable by PowerPoint users of any ability level.
  • Intermediate    instructions are generally longer than “Basic” instructions and usually include multiple sub-procedures for the different effects.
  • Advanced    instructions often require an additional level of manual customization. They frequently include a wide variety of graphic effects that need to be completed in a set order for the desired effect.
  • Difficult    instructions require a high degree of manual customization, include a wide variety of procedures that need to be completed in sequence, and take longer to complete.

All PowerPoint users can use and modify a template of any difficulty level. The difficulty level only refers to recreating the slide entirely.

 Tip    For best performance, it is recommended that you delete the instructions before you use one of these templates in a live presentation. To remove all of the slide notes, place your cursor in the Notes pane, press CTRL + A, and then press DELETE.

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