A PowerPoint template acts as a blueprint for presentations you base on it. Using a template is a quick way to create a new presentation as layouts, colour schemes and styles have already been designed for you, so all you need to worry about is the content you want to deliver to your audience.
Let’s have a gander at using PowerPoint 2013 templates.
When you open PowerPoint 2013, you will see a list of recently opened presentations running down the left of the workspace. Central to the workspace, however, is a collection of PowerPoint 2013 templates. To select one on which to base your new presentation, click on it. Let’s do that now: I’ve clicked on a template called Banded.
A confirmation window will open that previews what the template looks like. To step through different images of slides that represent the template to get a good idea of what it looks like, use the More Images arrows at the bottom. Using these navigation buttons, you can see what different elements like charts, SmartArt and pictures will look like.
Each template has different colour options that you can see on the right of the window. Click on a thumbnail to get a different colour scheme.
You can also navigate to the next and previous templates by using the right and left arrows on either side of the currently selected template.
Once you are happy with your chosen template and colour selection, click the Create button to create a new presentation based on this PowerPoint 2013 template. The new presentation will open with just one title slide, and from this point you can add your own content and add more slides.
At any point while you are working on your presentation, you can change the template. Or rather, you can change the theme. Go to the Design tab and have a look in the Themes group. There you will see all the template designs you saw on the initial template selection screen. In the Variants group, you can also see the different colour options we saw before, too.
There are lots of templates to choose from. Returning to the first image that shows the selection of templates that are available, you will see that there is a search box at the top that you can use to search for more.
Whenever you want to create a new presentation based on a template click the File tab > New.