Software & Apps MS Office Definition and Uses for a PowerPoint Design Template By Wendy Russell Writer Former Lifewire writer Wendy Russell is an experienced teacher specializing in live communications, graphics design, and PowerPoint software. our editorial process Wendy Russell Updated February 22, 2020 SurfUpVector / Getty Images MS Office Powerpoint Word Excel Outlook Tweet Share Email A PowerPoint design template is a pre-made design you can use to lend cohesiveness, visual organization and appeal to your presentation. All you have to do is add your own content; the rest is already designed into the template. Even though individual slides can have different layouts and graphics, templates help the whole presentation go together as an attractive package. Where to Find PowerPoint Design Templates Microsoft offers thousands of free, professionally designed PowerPoint design templates, all categorized to help you find what you need. Many other sources of varying quality and prices are available online, as well. How to use PowerPoint Design Templates When you choose a template you like from Microsoft's repository, simply hit Download to store the template on your computer. Clicking on the downloaded file will open PowerPoint, with your chosen template already loaded and ready to use. Alternatively, if you have a valid Microsoft account, you can use the template right in your browser. Choosing the Right Design Your design options are virtually limitless. When checking out templates, look at typography, color, background graphics, layout, and overall feel. Consider how well they work with these factors: Your audience: If you're presenting a PowerPoint to a business crowd, "safe" colors such as blue and black connote stability and trustworthiness. Traditional layouts work well in this situation. Likewise, an artsier crowd might appreciate more color and less common layouts.Your content: Make sure the template you choose gives you enough flexibility to accommodate your copy and graphics. If much of your content is bulleted, for example, look for a template that displays lists in a format you find appropriate and pleasing to your audience.Your branding: If your project is business-related, branding is important. Choose a PowerPoint template that harmonizes with your logo, graphics, and style.Your image: Matching the design to your identity seems like an obvious suggestion, but it's easy to get wrong. For example, if you're creating a presentation on a highly technical topic, avoid templates with soft colors and graphics, no matter how much they appeal to you personally; instead, go for something sleek and modern. Your audience's perception of your image will affect how well its members receive your message.