How to Use Downloaded Powerpoint Templates

by Shawn McClain

One of the fastest ways to build a good-looking Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 presentation is to use templates, which are collections of backgrounds, fonts, layouts and styles that give the presentation's slides a cohesive appearance. PowerPoint comes with a good number of installed templates, and the program has access to online templates from the Office website as well. However, if you've downloaded a template from a third party, the procedure for opening that template in PowerPoint isn't very obvious.

1

Open the Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 software. A blank presentation will appear on the screen.

2

Click the "File" tab at the top of the PowerPoint window. Click "New" from the list of options on the left side of the window.

3

Double-click on the "New from existing" icon, which is located in the top section under the "Available Templates and Themes" area.

4

Navigate to the folder on your hard drive that contains the downloaded PowerPoint template. Click your desired template and click "Create New." The PowerPoint template, along with any pre-set slides in the template, appears on your presentation screen.

About the Author

Shawn McClain has spent over 15 years as a journalist covering technology, business, culture and the arts. He has published numerous articles in both national and local publications, and online at various websites. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in journalism at Clarion University.