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   Format: Templates & Themes: Template

A template in PowerPoint creates a new presentation that usually includes sample slides. These slides may have directions for what should be included or they may be just examples of types of slides.

Example: Template with suggested content for course information (PowerPoint 2013) Example: Template with slide types (PowerPoint 2013)

Slide 2 in each of the templates above shows the difference between the two types of templates.

Example: Template with suggestions for content (PowerPoint 2013)

Suggestions for content

Example: Template slide with no suggestions for actual content (PowerPoint 2013)

No suggestions for content

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Step-by-Step: Use Template

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What you will learn: to create a presentation from a downloaded template
to turn off Protected View
to edit slide
to delete a slide in Slide Sorter view
to delete multiple slides in Slide Sorter view
to replace temporary text
to duplicate slides

Start with:  Icon: PowerPoint with blank document (PowerPoint open to a blank document)

The Story behind this presentation:

World Travel Inc. is a fictional travel agency in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As part of an anniversary celebration, they offered some of their best customers some special trips.

What you will create:

An on-screen presentation to summarize the results of the special offer and to list recommendations for the future.

You will use a presentation template to get you started on a presentation for World Travel Inc. that is similar to the one you created earlier from blank slides. Two approaches to the same problem.

Download a Template

You will search for the template Project Post-Mortem and download it. This template was created for an earlier version of PowerPoint. This template includes slides that walk you through an analysis of a completed project. You will not need all of these slides for your presentation but they do offer a good guide.

  1. PowerPoint with no presentation open (PowerPoint 2010)Close any open presentations but have PowerPoint open.  

  2. Start a New presentation:

    Icon: PowerPoint 2007 PowerPoint 2007:
    the Office button Button: Office and then New.
    The New Presentation dialog opens.

    Dialog: New Presentation - blank (PowerPoint 2007)

    Icon: PowerPoint 2010 PowerPoint 2010:
    the File tab and then New
    The Backstage View shows the New page.

    Ribbon: File > New (PowerPoint 2010)

    Icon: PowerPoint 2013 Icon: PowerPoint 2016 PowerPoint 2013, 2016:
    the File tab and then New
    The Backstage View shows the New page.

    Ribbon: File > New (PowerPoint 2010)

  3. In the search box, type post and then press ENTER.

    IconL: PowerPoint 2007 Icon: PowerPoint 2010 PowerPoint 2007, 2010: A list appears of presentation templates from Office.microsoft.com that match the search word.

    Dialog: New Presentations > PowerPoint presentations (PowerPoint 2007)  File > New > search word 'word' (PowerPoint 2010)

    Dialog: New Presentation > Project Post Mortem (PowerPoint 2007) Project Post Mortem template (PowerPoint 2010)

    Icon: PowerPoint 2013 Icon: PowerPoint 2016 PowerPoint 2013, 2016: A different set of templates shows than will show in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010. The template we want for these lessons does not show though there is one with the same name.

    File > New > searhc word 'word' (PowerPoint 2010) Project Post Mortem template (PowerPoint 2010)

  4. Thumbnail of template for a project post-mortemSelect the template presentation for project post-mortem, if it is present and click the button Download or Create.

    [If this template does not show, use one of the solutions below.]

    This presentation analyzes how a project turned out - good, bad, recommendations for the future.

    Dialog: Downloading TemplateA message box appears about the download. You may not see the message box if your connection is really fast.

    When the download is finished, PowerPoint opens to Normal view with a presentation loaded based on the downloaded template.

    PowerPoint 2013 showing Project Post Mortem

    New presentation using Post-Mortem template

    Icon: TroublProblem: Template does not show in the search results
    The templates available at Microsoft.com can change without warning. To use a template you have found somewhere else, you must save the template to a folder where you can find it again. Double-click the saved file in File Explorer to open a new presentation in PowerPoint that uses the template.

    Solution 1: Download from resource files
    If the template is no longer available at Office.microsoft.com, download the online copy Icon: On Site in the resources files. After the download completes, open the file. (Your browser may offer you a choice during the process. If not, find the file Presentation_for_project_post-mortem.pot on your computer, probably the Download folder, and double-click it.) A new presentation opens and using the template automatically.
    Solution 2: Local resource files
    If you have a local copy of the lessons, you have a local copy of the resources files. Find the folder resources/presentations resources. The file name is Presentation_for_project_post-mortem.pot. Double-click the file. A new presentation opens and automatically uses the template.

    IconL: PowerPoint 2007 Icon: PowerPoint 2010 PowerPoint 2007, 2010: Status Bar: Project Post-MortemThe Status bar shows that the current theme came from a presentation, Presentation for project post-mortem.

    Status Bar: Project Post-Mortem (PowerPoint 2013)Icon: PowerPoint 2013 PowerPoint 2013: Status bar incorrectly shows the theme as "Office Theme".

    Icon: PowerPoint 2016 PowerPoint 2016: The Status bar does not show a theme at all.       

  5. If necessary, click the Enable Editing button to turn off Protected View.

    Enable Editing button (PowerPoint 2013)

    Protected View is turned on automatically for any document that PowerPoint knows is downloaded as a security measure. It's a good thing!

    Icon: TroublProblem: You have the yellow Protected View bar but do not have a button Enable Editing
    You need to make a change to the Trust Center settings.

    Solution: File > Options > Trust Center > button Trust Center Settings... > File Block Settings . Make changes to what is selected and then choose to allow editing for the selected types.


  1. Icon: Class flash driveClick the Save button Button: Save Button: Save (PowerPoint 2013) Button: Save (PowerPoint 2016) on the Quick Access Toolbar.
    The Save As dialog appears since this presentation has not been saved before.
    This template uses an old file format. You need to save to the new format.

  2. In the Save As dialog, change:
    File type = PowerPoint Presentation (*.pptx).
    File name = AnniversaryTripsOffer-Lastname-Firstname.pptx
    Folder = powerpoint project2 where you save your Class documents.
    (Create this folder if it does not exist.)

Edit Slides

  1. Slide 1 after editing (PowerPoint 2010)On Slide 1, type Anniversary Trips Offer  to replace [Project Name].

  2. If necessary, drag the right edge of the title text box to the right so allow the whole title to show on one line.

  3. Type your own name to replace [Name].

    Wow! This presentation is a lot prettier than your previous plain-text one. Later you will learn how to use templates and themes to add formatting to your existing presentations.

  4. Read all 20 slides.
    Each contains suggestions about what should go on the slide.

    The formatting for the text on these slides is not particularly good for showing this presentation on a screen. The font (Garamond ) uses thin strokes and the font sizes are on the small side. You will fix these issues in a later lesson! Right now you need to get the text itself onto the slides.

  5. Initial Outline - Anniversary Trips Offer (PowerPoint 2013)Show the outline:
    IconL: PowerPoint 2007 Icon: PowerPoint 2010 PowerPoint 2007, 2010: Click the Outline tab in the Navigation pane.
    Icon: PowerPoint 2013 Icon: PowerPoint 2016 PowerPoint 2013, 2016: On the View tab, click the Outline View button.
  6. Right click the outline.
    Check the command Show Text Formatting. If the icon has a background or border, then the outline will use the formatting on the slides. If not, click the command to turn out this feature.

  7. Scroll the outline.
    Having the formatting showing in the outline is a quick way to spot many possible inconsistencies in your slides. Sometimes this makes the actual text hard to read in the outline.

  8. Slide 15 - inconsistent (PowerPint 2013)Find slide 15, Sales in the outline. There is a blank line above the title.

    You will not be using this slide, so there is no need to fix this inconsistent formatting.

  9. Switch back to showing the slide thumbnails in the Navigation pane.
  10. Icon: Class flash driveSave.

Delete Slide

You don't need all of the topics that were in the template.  You will delete many of the suggested slides. The Slide Sorter view is great for this, if you can read the titles.

  1. Slide Sorter view (PowerPoint 2010)Click Button: Slide Sorter (PowerPoint 2010) Button: Slide Sorter (PowerPoint 2013) Button: Slide Sorter (PowerPoint 2016) the Slide Sorter button in the Views bar on the Status bar.
    The view switches from Normal view to Slide Sorter view.

    TipIf the Slide Sorter thumbnails are too small to read, increase the Zoom percentage with the Zoom control at the bottom right of the window.

  2. Scroll the thumbnails. There are 20 slides. Far too many for your purpose.

  3. Click on Slide #3: Performance against Schedule to select it.

    TipThe thumbnail of a selected slide has a colored border.

  4. Slide #3 deleted; remaining slides renumbered (PowerPoint 2010)Press the Delete key on your keyboard.

    TaDa! The slide is removed and the remaining slides are re-numbered.

  5. Icon: Class flash driveSave.

Delete Multiple Slides

You can drag to select slides in Slide Sorter View and you can also use the same key combos to select slides that you use to select files.

  • Icon: Keyboard To select neighboring slides: Click on the first slide. Hold the SHIFT key down and click on the last slide. All in between are also selected.

  • Icon: Keyboard To select non-adjacent slides: Click the first slide. Hold the CTRL key down and click on each of the other slides that you want to select.

Once you have multiple slides selected, you can move, delete, or copy them all at once.

  1. 7 slides left (PowerPoint 2010)Icon: Experiment Experiment with selecting slides

    • In Slide Sorter Views, drag to select various combinations of slides.

    • Use the methods above to select neighboring slides (SHIFT key) and non-adjacent slides (CTRL key) until you are comfortable with these methods.

  2. While still in Slide Sorter view, click on what is now Slide #3, Performance against Quality.

  3. Hold the SHIFT key down and click on Slide #14: Sales.
    (You may need to scroll to see Slide #14. A good time to use a key combo instead of dragging to select!).
    All of the slides between the two you clicked are selected.

  4. Press the DELETE key.
    All of the selected cells vanish. No confirmation box!

  5. Icon: Class flash driveSave.

Change Temporary Text

The template included temporary text on the slides. You don't want to show that to your audience! You must replace it all.

  1. Slide #2 - Performance against Goals (Powerpoint 2010)Double-click on Slide #2: Performance against Goals to open it in Normal view so you can edit the slide.
    The suggestion is to state the goal for the project and how you planned to measure success. That's what 'metrics' means. Then write down what the actual results were, as measured by those metrics.
  2. Slide 2 after editing Edit the slide to read:

        - Offer to 200 frequent/high volume customers

        - Sent offers to 150 previous customers

    You need three more slides about Goals. You can duplicate this one and then edit the text. Super!

  3. Icon: Class flash driveSave.

Duplicate Slide: Performance Against Goals

You will need duplicates of the Performance Against Goals slide so you can put one goal and result on each slide.

TipThis action will work in Slide Sorter view and also in the Outline and in Slide thumbnails.

  1. Slider Sorter View: 4 duplicate slides (PowerPoint 2010)Switch back to Slide Sorter View.
    The current slide has a gold border.
  2. If necessary, click on the thumbnail of the Performance Against Goals slide.
  3. Icon: Keyboard Copy with key combo: On the keyboard, hold the CTRL key down and press the C key. Then release both keys.
    The selected slide is copied to the Windows Clipboard.
  4. Icon: Keyboard Paste with key combo: On the keyboard, hold the CTRL key down again and press the V key. Release both keys.
    A copy of the selected slide appears beside the selected slide. The copy is now the current slide.
  5. Repeat twice.
    You now have 4 identical slides titled Performance Against Goals.
  6. Icon: Class flash driveSave.

Edit Text: Performance Against Goals

  1. Switch to Normal View.
  2.  Icon: Experiment Experiment with Bullets
    It is easy to lose a bullet or the level indentions as you edit
    • Click in the Goal line on one of your duplicate slides.
    • Click the Bullets button on the Home tab to turn the bulleting on and off
    • Click the Increase List Level button and observe the changes.
    • Click the Decrease List Level button to return the line to the original level.
    • Press the TAB key and observe what happens.
    • Return the bullets to the original levels.
       (If you do not have enough Undo steps to get back, close the presentation WITHOUT SAVING CHANGES and open it up again. You just saved it in the previous section.)
  3. Edit the text on the duplicate slides as follows:
    Slide #3: • Goal:
        -Schedule 100 people on trips
    • Actual:
        -Scheduled 124 people
    Slide #4: • Goal:
        -Schedule 40 other trips as a direct result of offer
    • Actual:
        -Scheduled 6 other trips
    Slide #5: • Goal:
        -Total sales of $250,000
    • Actual:
        -Total sales were $269,000
  4. Icon: Class flash driveSave.

    Icon: TroubleProblem: Lost bullets and indentions while editing
    It is easy to delete or overtype too much and lose the bulleting.
    Solution: Use buttons on the Home tab to recreate your list. The Bullet button Button: Bullets Button: Bullets (PowerPoint 2016) adds or removes a bullet. The Increase and Decrease List Level buttons Buttons: Increase & Decrease buttons Buttons: Increase & Decrease buttons (PowerPoint 2016) change the indention and bullet symbol for different levels.

Duplicate Slide

You need two slides about what went right with the project. It's a good thing that slides are so easy to copy!

  1. Select the thumbnail of Slide #7: What Went Right.
  2. Copy and paste it without changing the selection.
    Slide #8 is now selected and is a duplicate of slide 7.
  3. Icon: Class flash driveSave.

Edit Text

  1. Click on the thumbnail of Slide #7: What Went Right to select it.
  2. Slide 7 after editingEdit the body text on Slide #7: What Went Right to read:

    • Good response to personal contact

       - 25% of phone follow-ups resulted in bookings

     - 15% more are in planning stage for a future trip

  3. Slide 8 after editingSelect Slide #8: What Went Right (that still has the temporary text).
  4. Edit the text to read:

    • Organized client lists

        -Database can now sort on multiple criteria

        -Future benefits

  5. Slide 9 after editingSelect Slide #9: What Went Wrong
  6. Edit the text to read:

    • Ship construction delayed

      - Forced rebooking on another line

    •  Lost focus

      - Difficult to work on two contests at the same time

      - Bonuses for Anniversary contest were vague

  7. Select Slide #10: Recommendations.
  8. Slide 10 after editing Edit the text to read:

    • Clear criteria for clearly explained bonuses to travel agents

    • Add older client bookings to database

    • Create list of potential convention customers

    • Develop full service convention planning

  9. Icon: Class flash driveSave.

The text looks like it might be hard to read on a large screen. You will work on that later.