How to Make a PowerPoint Theme

by Filonia LeChat

A common way to give a presentation is to use the Microsoft PowerPoint presentation software. Traditionally known as a slideshow, the PowerPoint process involves filling slides with text and graphics to report information. To give your slides cohesion and make them appear more professional, create a theme. PowerPoint's interface lets you design slide themes quickly; with just a couple of quick clicks, you'll be ready to start filling in all of your data.


Open PowerPoint. If a blank slide presentation does not automatically default into the workspace, pull down the "File" menu and click "New," then select "Blank Presentation."


Pull down the "View" menu, click "Master" and select "Slide Master." This brings up the master slide that governs all the other slides and is where you'll create the theme.


Click inside the "Click to edit Master title style" text box, which becomes highlighted. Use the text toolbar to change the title's font, size, position and color. Don't type an actual title here, as that will change per slide; this is just to govern the theme of how the title appears on the slide.


Click inside the "Click to edit Master text styles" text box. Change any of the fonts, sizes and bullet points in this box.


Pull down the "Insert" menu, click "Picture" and select "From File." Browse to a digital image on your computer, such as your company logo. Double-click the file, which appears on the slide. Drag it into place such as in the bottom left corner and shrink it down to size.


Pull down the "Format" menu and click "Background." Pull down the color menu under the "Background fill" box and select a background color for the slides. Click the "Apply to All" button and the Master Slide changes to the new background theme.


Click the "Close Master View" button, which brings you back to the original first slide. Note the changes have been made to the theme. Begin creating your presentation; add new slides by clicking "Insert" and selecting "New Slide." Note that as you add each slide, it retains the theme.


Pull down the "File" menu and click "Save As." Give the presentation a name and save it to your computer.

About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.