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Make Your Own Custom PowerPoint Template in Office 2013

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The built-in templates in Office 2013 are definitely a major step forward for Office. But what if you need to make your own? Here’s two ways you can do it.

The Pro Way

If you want to go deeper than the first two slide images and want to customize fonts, footers and more, you’re going to have to use the Slide Master view. To use it, go to View > Master Views > Slide Master.

Office 2013 Template Create Make Custom Design POTX Customize Slide Slides Tutorial How To Slide Master View Open

From Slide Master, you can configure twelve customizable slide presets to your liking.

Office 2013 Template Create Make Custom Design POTX Customize Slide Slides Tutorial How To Slide Master View

For each individual slide layout, you can have a different background, font style and more. Here is the background I chose for my first.

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Second.

Office 2013 Template Create Make Custom Design POTX Customize Slide Slides Tutorial How To Background

And third Master Slide.

Office 2013 Template Create Make Custom Design POTX Customize Slide Slides Tutorial How To Background

For the second and third slide I’ll change my font settings, seeing that the default black color doesn’t play nicely with my new background. I’ll click inside of the text field I’d like to customize, then go to Format and pick a white WordArt Style.

Office 2013 Template Create Make Custom Design POTX Customize Slide Slides Tutorial How To WordArt Style Font Color Properties Text Preset Edit

I’ll do the same with all other slides to have an identical look throughout my presentation.

Office 2013 Template Create Make Custom Design POTX Customize Slide Slides Tutorial How To WordArt Text Formatting Preset

From the Slide Master tab, I can also change the Font used for each slide. Do not, unlike settlings like font color, Slide Master tab settings affect all slide layouts. Office 2013 Template Create Make Custom Design POTX Customize Slide Slides Tutorial How To Slide Master Fonts Change Configure

You can experiment with all settings you have in Slide Master View until you get the result that you want. Think of it as a “developer view” for making a presentation template. Once you’re done, simply close out of it.

Office 2013 Template Create Make Custom Design POTX Customize Slide Slides Tutorial How To Slide Master Close View

And Save the template in the way you’re already familiar with.

Office 2013 Template Create Make Custom Design POTX Customize Slide Slides Tutorial How To Slide Master Fonts Change Configure Save As PowerPoint Template

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Louise

    Hi
    Thank you for this useful info re templates, however, I cannot get mine to work…

    I have created the template and saved as a template file type, however, when I choose File and New in order to use it, I don’t see ‘Featured’ and ‘Personal’. I just see the pre-loaded ones and nowhere to choose my own from.

    Any idea what’s causing this?

    Thank you.
    Louise

    • Louise

      I’ve just worked out why. Under ‘options’, PowerPoint wasn’t pointing to anywhere for templates, I’ve just mapped it myself to the templates folder and now ‘Featured’ and ‘Personal’ appear.

      Thanks again.
      Louise

  2. craig

    I am using Windows 8.1 and pptx 2013, I have a Company template that I would like to immediately have available when I open PowerPoint without having to open the new menu nothng this is my Default template.

  3. tom5050

    nice post

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