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  • 0:06 Creating A Presentation
  • 1:26 Selecting A Template
  • 3:09 Searching For Templates
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Instructor: Paul Zandbergen

Paul has a PhD from the University of British Columbia and has taught Geographic Information Systems, statistics and computer programming for 15 years.

Templates provide a quick way to create a new PowerPoint presentation. Learn about the use of design and content templates to create a consistent look and feel for your presentation.

Creating a Presentation

You have several options to create a PowerPoint presentation. These include:

  • Create a blank presentation from scratch, then add slides and format the presentation
  • Create a presentation based on a template, then add your own content
  • Import text files, and then format the presentation

In this lesson, we will look at using a template. Creating a blank presentation from scratch can be time-consuming, and starting with a template that comes with PowerPoint can save you a lot of time.

What exactly is a template? A template is a presentation that already has a theme and some graphics applied to it. All you have to do is replace the standard text with your own text and add some other elements.

There are two types of templates:

  1. A design template is essentially a presentation with a particular design that contains generic placeholders for your content.
  2. A content template not only includes the general design but also includes suggestions for text and graphics that are appropriate for a particular type of presentation.

We will look at an example of each.

Selecting a Template

When you start PowerPoint, click on New to see the available templates. Let's select one of the basic templates by clicking on it. This brings up a preview window, which provides a closer look at the design. The title slide is shown by default. To see other types of slides, click on the arrows next to where it says More Images at the bottom of the preview.

On the right-hand side of the preview window, you can select some of the small variations on the same design. These variations are not available for all templates. You can also continue to browse for other templates by using the larger arrows to the right and left of the preview window. You can close the preview window by clicking on the X in the top-right corner. This will bring you back to the New page.

Once you have found a template that you like, click on Create. This brings you to the 'Normal View' of PowerPoint, and you can start working on your presentation. To enter your own text, simply click on one of the boxes and start typing.

Many templates, such as this example, only include a title slide to get started. To add a slide, click on New Slide and select the type of slide you want. This will add a new slide with the same general design. If you want to select a different template, click on File in the top-left corner to return to the Backstage view. Click on New to return to selecting a template.

Searching for Templates

There are many different templates to choose from. Only a small number are installed on your computer, but many more are available online.

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