About templates

Each presentation that is created begins as a copy of a template. The template contains the background, layout, color schemes and other formatting elements that are then loaded into the masters and slides of a  new presentation.

As you modify a new presentation, the changes you make do not affect the template. The template is used only when starting a new presentation, or when applying a template to an existing presentation.

There are two types of templates:

  • Design templates. These are the most common type of template. They contain one or more slide-title master pairs that determine the default appearance for slides in a presentation.
  • Content templates. These templates also contain suggested content. You can create a presentation with a content template by using the AutoContent wizard.
Templates can also be found on the web, including at www.microsoft.com. Choose File → New and click the Templates from Office Online link in the New task pane.
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