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It may seem, with so many options and features, that creating a great looking slideshow can take a long time. There is some truth to that, although it does get faster with practice, but there is a silver lining, too. PowerPoint designs, even the customizations you've made to backgrounds, transitions, colors, and fonts, can be reused. Your next presentation can start off exactly like your current one with all new content. It's the ultimate timesaver. Whenever you're satisfied with your design, and you can do this as often as you wish, access the Design tab from the Ribbon, and pull down the Themes gallery.
At the bottom of the menu, choose Save Current Theme. Then provide a simple name. Notice that the file is being saved in a special folder to office 2010. The next time you use PowerPoint, this theme will be available to you among the built-in themes that Microsoft has provided. Now that I've re-launched PowerPoint, when I access the Design menu, and pull down the Theme gallery, you can see right here under Custom is the theme that I've just created and saved.
Now I've got a slideshow ready to go with no content, but the theme that I want to use. That wraps up our chapter on formatting, everything from the letter up to the entire slide. I hope I've shown you that while content is important, formatting is still something to be considered. PowerPoint makes it easy to do. Your only limitation is your time and creativity. You should never feel as if you need to spend more than a few minutes on formatting. It's an option for those of you who want to enhance your presentation, but if you have the time and motivation, then you should go ahead and do it, and have fun.
The next few chapters in our course deal with inserting special kinds of content: tables, charts, shapes, text boxes, media, and diagrams. If you want to take a break, this might be a good time to do it. You've had a lot to learn and practice. If you're ready to keep going, then let's keep going.
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