How to Create a Blank PowerPoint Presentation

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Instructor: Paul Zandbergen

Paul is a GIS professor at Vancouver Island U, has a PhD from U of British Columbia, and has taught stats and programming for 15 years.

Using PowerPoint can transform a presentation from boring to dynamic. Learn how to create a blank PowerPoint presentation, understand the process for customizing a presentation, and explore how to use variants and themes to modify a presentation's appearance. Updated: 09/28/2021

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
  • Import text files and then format the presentation

In this lesson, we will look at creating a blank presentation from scratch.

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Creating a Blank Presentation

When you start PowerPoint, click on New. Click on the option to create a Blank Presentation. A blank presentation has a white background and black text without any additional design elements.

By default, the presentation only contains a title slide. You can click on the text boxes and type in your own text. To add a slide, click on the option for a New Slide and select the type of slide you want. Any new slides will also have a white background and simple text boxes.

Customizing a Presentation

Once you have added some content to your blank presentation, you can manually make changes to the various design elements. For example, you can modify the background. Select the Design ribbon at the top and click on the Format Background option. This allows you to select various types of backgrounds, including a solid fill, gradient fill, and several other options.

Once you have found an option you like, you can click on Apply to All to apply the current background style to all the slides in the presentation. You can select any of the elements on your slide and change their design. For example, to change the color of the text in a textbox, select the textbox, select the Home ribbon at the top, and apply a different color.

Variants and Themes

Changing all the elements one-by-one is very time-consuming. Instead, you can use a number of tools to apply changes to all your elements.

Let's look at the Variants first. Select the Design ribbon at the top. In the Variant options toward the right, click on the downward arrow to see more options. Here you can change things like the colors and fonts of your presentation. For example, if you select a different font, this will apply to all the textboxes on all your slides.

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