How to Set a Custom Template as the Default in PowerPoint


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Microsoft PowerPoint allows users to set a custom template as the default theme when creating a new presentation. This provides a way for users to immediately start building a slideshow using a template specially designed for them.

Create a Custom Template

Creating a custom template in PowerPoint is quite easy. To get started, go ahead and open a blank PowerPoint presentation. You can do so by opening PowerPoint, selecting “New” in the left pane, and then selecting “Blank Presentation” from the template library.

Select Blank Presentation

Now, with your blank presentation ready, go ahead and select the slide orientation and size, which you can do by choosing the “Slide Size” option in the “Customize” group of the “Design” tab.

Slide size options

Once you’re finished with that, it’s time to open PowerPoint’s Slide Master, which is where the rest of the customization will take place. To access the slide master, click on the “View” tab and select “Slide Master” in the “Master Views” group.

Slide Master View

The Slide Master will appear in the left pane. Here, you can customize the fonts, headings, colors, text and image box placement, and more.

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Once you’re happy with your setup, save your template and exit out of PowerPoint. After that, it’s time to set it as the default template that PowerPoint opens with.

Set a Custom Template as the Default

To set your custom theme as the default, open PowerPoint, select “New” in the left pane, and then click the “Custom” tab.

Custom template tab

Next, select the “Custom Office Templates” option.

Custom Office Templates

Your custom templates will appear. Select the one you want to make the default template.

HTG Template

A new window will appear, giving you a preview of the template and some basic information (if you input any). Click the  “Create” button.

Create presentation

Next, head over to the “Design” tab and select the “More” arrow in the “Themes” group.

Arrow to open window

A list of themes will appear. Right-click your custom theme and then select “Set as Default Theme” from the drop-down menu.

Set as Default Theme

Now, the next time you open PowerPoint, it will automatically begin with this theme.

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