Saving and using templates in PowerPoint 2010

June 8th, 2012 by bluewave

If you’ve created a PowerPoint 2010 template, make sure it’s saved correctly
so that you can access the template without accidentally overwriting or altering it.

Here’s how:

  • Open the template (the .potx file) in PowerPoint 2010.
  • Click File and then click Save As.
  • In Save as type, select PowerPoint Template (*.potx) if it is not already selected.
  • Click Save to install the .potx file in the Templates folder—Microsoft’s default
    location for storing templates.

In most cases, the .potx file automatically saves in the correct location, the Templates folder. If it appears to be saving elsewhere, such as in a local folder on your desktop, then you will need to manually navigate to the Templates folder before you save the .potx file.

The specific address of Microsoft’s Template folder may vary depending on your operating system or, for example, if you’ve set up multiple user accounts. But try this address: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates.

To start a new file based on the template you’ve just saved:

  • Click File and then click New.
  • Select My Templates to view the installed templates.
  • Select your template from the list and click OK. The new presentation opens
    as a .pptx file and the template is left unchanged.

If your template does not appear in the list, then it has not been saved correctly in the Templates folder. If this happens, you may need to do some sleuthing to find out where Microsoft’s Templates folder is located on your computer’s hard drive. Then follow the above steps to resave the .potx file.

 

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