Techie Tip of the Week: Apply a New Slide Master to a PowerPoint Presentation

Tired of the same-old PowerPoint templates that Microsoft offers? You can create your own, and then apply that new template to future presentations. Today’s tip will show you how to apply a new theme/design to your presentation.

  1. First, create (or find) a PowerPoint slide deck that looks the way you want all future slide decks to look.
  2. Next, create (or open, if it already exists) the PowerPoint slide deck you wish to change.
  3. If you are using PowerPoint 2003, on the Format menu, click Slide Design.
    If you are using PowerPoint 2007/2010, on the Ribbon, click Design.
  4. If you are using PowerPoint 2003, click the Browse button at the bottom of the task pane.
    If you are using PowerPoint 2007/2010, click the More button found in the lower-right corner of the default designs, and then click Browse for Themes.
  5. Locate the PowerPoint file you wish to use as the template.
  6. Click Apply.

Your new theme/design template is now applied to your presentation.

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