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A template controls the look of your presentation—the colors, the format, the graphics placed on each slide. It can even include content. PowerPoint comes loaded with dozens of templates, and there are literally tens of thousands available in the user community, many for free.

To choose a template:

  1. When you open PowerPoint, the Getting Started task pane appears in the right column.

  2. Choose the New Presentation task pane from the drop-down arrow at the top of the task pane (Figure 2.2) and choose From Design Template.

  3. Browse the Available for Use section.

  4. You can also click Browse at the very bottom of the task pane to navigate your hard drive or network drives for more templates.

  5. Select the Design Templates tab (Figure 2.5).

  6. Figure 2.5Figure 2.5 Choose a template for a new presentation from the Design Templates window.

  7. When you find a template you like (like Ocean.pot), right-click and choose Apply to All Slides (Figure 2.6).

  8. To learn more about templates, see Chapter 12, "Making Global Changes."

    Figure 2.6Figure 2.6 You can apply a new design to one slide, a few selected slides, or to all slides.

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Content options and the AutoContent Wizard give you suggestions regarding the text and design of your slides.

You can start with a Content or Design template and customize it for your own use by using the techniques in this book.

You can use any presentation file as a template for creating another, including presentations that you have already created. Just click Browse to find it.

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