Create Custom Design Templates and Master Slides in PowerPoint 2003

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Creating a Custom Design Template in PowerPoint

Edit the PowerPoint slide master
Edit the PowerPoint slide master. © Wendy Russell

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Within PowerPoint, there are a number of Design Templates containing a variety of layouts, formatting, and colors to assist you in creating eye-catching presentations. You may wish, however, to create your own template so that certain features, such as a preset background, your organization’s logo or company colors are always present whenever the template is opened. These templates are called Master Slides.

There Are Four Different Master Slides

  • Slide Master - for all slides in the presentation other than the Title Master
  • Title Slide Master - the master for the Title page only
  • Notes Master - the master for creating the Notes pages
  • Handout Master - the master for creating Handout pages

To Create a New Template

  1. Select File > Open on the menu to open a blank presentation.
  2. Select View > Master > Slide Master to open the Slide Master for editing.

To Change the Background

  1. Select Format > Background to open the Background dialog box.
  2. Choose your options from the dialog box.
  3. Click the Apply button.
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Changing the Fonts on the PowerPoint Slide Master

Animated clip - Changing fonts on the Master slide
Animated clip - Changing the fonts on the Master slide. © Wendy Russell

To Change the Font

  1. Click in the text box that you wish to change in the Slide Master.
  2. Select Format > Font to open the font dialog box.
  3. Choose your options from the dialog box.
  4. Click OK.

Be aware: fonts change in your presentation from one computer to another.

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Add Pictures to the PowerPoint Slide Master

Insert a picture such as a company logo into the PowerPoint slide master
Insert a picture such as a company logo into the PowerPoint slide master. © Wendy Russell

To Add Images (Such as a Company Logo) to Your Template

  1. Select Insert > Picture > From File... to open the Insert Picture dialog box.
  2. Navigate to the location where the picture file is stored on your computer. Click on the picture and click the Insert button.
  3. Reposition and resize the image on the Slide Master. Once inserted, the image appears in the same location on all slides of the presentation.
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Add Clip Art Images to the Slide Master

Insert clip art into the PowerPoint slide master
Insert clip art into the PowerPoint slide master. © Wendy Russell

To Add Clip Art to Your Template

  1. Select Insert > Picture > Clip Art... to open the Insert Clip Art task pane.
  2. Type your Clip Art search words.
  3. Click the Go button to find clip art images that match your search words.
    Note - If you did not install the clip art to your computer hard drive, this feature will require that you are connected to the internet to search the Microsoft website for clip art.
  4. Click on the picture you wish to insert into your presentation.
  5. Reposition and resize the image on the Slide Master. Once inserted, the image appears in the same location on all slides of the presentation.
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Move Text Boxes on the Slide Master

Animated clip - Move text boxes in Master slides
Animated clip - Move text boxes in Master slides. © Wendy Russell

Text boxes may not be in the location that you like for all your slides. Moving the text boxes on the Slide Master makes the process a one-time event.

To Move a Text Box on the Slide Master

  1. Place your mouse over the border of the text area you want to move. The mouse pointer becomes a four-pointed arrow.
  2. Hold down the mouse button and drag the text area to its new location.

To Resize a Text Box on the Slide Master

  1. Click on the border of the text box you want to resize and it will change to have a dotted border with resizing handles (white dots) on the corners and midpoints of each side.
  2. Place your mouse pointer over one of the resizing handles. The mouse pointer becomes a two-pointed arrow.
  3. Hold down the mouse button and drag to make the text box larger or smaller.

Above is an animated clip of how to move and resize the text boxes on the Slide Master.

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Creating a PowerPoint Title Master

Create a new PowerPoint title master slide
Create a new PowerPoint title master slide. © Wendy Russell

The Title Master is different than the Slide Master. It is similar in style and color, but is usually used only once—at the beginning of the presentation.

To Create a Title Master

Note: The Slide Master must be open for editing before you can access the Title Master.

  1. Select Insert > New Title Master
  2. The Title Master can now be edited using the same steps as the Slide Master.
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Change a Preset Slide Design Template

Edit PowerPoint slide master using existing design templates
Edit PowerPoint slide master using existing design templates. © Wendy Russell

If creating a template from scratch seems daunting, you can use one of PowerPoint’s built in slide design templates as a starting point for your own template, and change only the parts you want.​

  1. Open a new, blank PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Choose View > Master > Slide Master.
  3. Select Format > Slide Design or click on the Design button on the toolbar.
  4. From the Slide Design pane to the right of the screen, click on a design template that you like. This will apply this design to your new presentation.
  5. Edit the Slide Design Template using the same steps as shown previously for the Slide Master.
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New Template Created From a Design Template in PowerPoint

Make a new PowerPoint template based on an existing design template
Make a new PowerPoint template based on an existing design template. © Wendy Russell

Here is the new template for the fictional ABC Shoe Company. This new template was modified from an existing PowerPoint Design Template.​

The most important step in designing your template is to save this file. Template files are different than other types of files that you save to your computer. They must be saved to the Templates folder that appears when you choose to save the template.

Save the Template

  1. Select File > Save As...
  2. In the File Name section of the dialog box, enter a name for your template.
  3. Use the down arrow at the end of the Save As Type section to open the drop down list.
  4. Select the sixth choice - Design Template (*.pot) from the list. Choosing the option to save as a Design Template makes PowerPoint immediately switch the folder location to the Templates folder.
  5. Click the Save button.
  6. Close the template file.

Note: You may also save this template file to another location on your computer or to an external drive for ​safe keeping. However, it will not appear as an option to use for creating a new document based on this template unless it is saved in the Templates folder.

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Create a New Presentation With Your PowerPoint Design Template

Create a new PowerPoint presentation based on a new design template
Create a new PowerPoint presentation based on a new design template. © Wendy Russell

Here are the steps to create a new presentation using your new design template.​​

  1. Open PowerPoint
  2. Click File > New...
    Note - This is not the same thing as clicking on the New button at the extreme left of the toolbar.
  3. In the New Presentation task pane to the right side of the screen, select the On My Computer option from the templates section in the middle of the pane, to open the New Presentation dialog box.
  4. Select the General tab at the top of the dialog box if it is not already selected.
  5. Locate your template in the list and click on it.
  6. Click the OK button.

PowerPoint protects your template from being changed by opening a new presentation rather than opening the template itself. When you save the presentation, it will be saved with the file extension .ppt which is the extension for presentations. This way, your template never changes and you only need to add content whenever you need to make a new presentation.

If you need to edit your template for any reason, choose File > Open... and locate the template file on your computer.

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