In this video, staff instructor Jess Stratton shows users how to get started with a design theme, or a template which contains readymade text that can be swapped with your own text.
- [Instructor] If you want to get up and running quickly, PowerPoint comes with a very large selection of templates and design themes to get you started. Click File on the top left hand side of the screen, and then select New. This is also where it takes you when you open up PowerPoint with no presentation open. You can scroll through this list and choose a design theme that you like or that will fit with what you're trying to present. You do have more options. For example, if I pick the Ion Boardroom theme and click once, I can choose from several color variants.
I can also scroll through the list to get more images of what's included in the content layout. I'll click the big Create button. My presentation is created. I can click the down arrow and see what all the various layouts are going to look like. So this is a design theme, but sometimes you also want to get started with the content already in place. You can do that with a template. Let's go back and click File, I'll click New again, but this time, instead of choosing a built-in theme, I'm going to search for a template.
As long as I have an internet connection, I can come in here to the search box and type a search to get started, for example, certificate. I'll hit the Enter key on my keyboard and it's going to go online and search for them. I now have several templates to choose from. I'll choose a certificate, click the Create button, and it's going to download it and open it up in PowerPoint. You'll notice that the text is already in place.
This is the main difference between a template and a theme. All I have to do now is click inside and exchange my information. For example, I'll click inside where it says name and just replace it with the name for the certificate. And I can also come into the other placeholders, click inside, and replace the text. It even puts in today's date. I can change the details, and now that's a nice looking certificate.
I can save this, I could print it out, and I'm ready to go.
- Getting started quickly with PowerPoint
- Creating new presentations
- Adding, removing, and rearranging slides
- Changing slide layouts
- Inserting and formatting images and shapes
- Adding animation and transitions
- Sharing and collaborating on presentations
- Delivering the presentation
- Saving themes and templates
- Exporting presentations as video, PDF, or JPEG files