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PowerPoint: How to add free templates

Softonic Editorial Team


PowerPoint is one of the most commonly used tools for students and professionals giving presentations and lectures. It has many excellent features, including the ability to download and add new templates to the slides.

There are plenty of templates to choose form so let’s have a look at some of them

Individually Packaged

PowerPoint: How to add free templates

All templates available free of charge are from Microsoft can be found on the Office website. You’ll need to access the template gallery. Unfortunately, there is no package ready with all the themes for you to download. Therefore, it is necessary to download each of the models separately.

Downloading the themes is very simple. Click on the chosen template and wait until the page opens with the details about the template. Then click the “Download” button on the screen’s upper left corner.

Once clicked the theme download will start automatically. Sometimes it is possible that the file will not automatically download. If this happens, a screen will be displayed and it will show a second link so that you can download the template manually.

Time to work

After you have installed PowerPoint’s latest version and downloaded the desired templates, it is time to add them to the Microsoft application templates’ list. You may have noticed that there are two types of files, POTX and PPTX.

The way you install the two is different. While to use the first just double click on the file, the second requires a little more work so that they can be easily accessed in the quick access bar of PowerPoint.

To begin with, you need to open the Templates folder that your Office application uses to load the files. This can be done by opening the Windows “Run” window (use the Ctrl + R shortcut) and typing the following path:

C: \ Users \ USER \ AppData \ Roaming \ Microsoft \ Templates

Replace the word ‘USER’ with your computer’s username.

With PowerPoint closed, copy the POTX files into the directory above. You can rename the files to make it easier to identify the templates when accessing them.

How to use the templates

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Once the files are copied to the indicated folder, it is time to apply them to the presentations. To do this, click the “File” menu and choose the “New” option. Then, on the right screen, select “My Templates” and search for the template you want.

Search for the desired model

In some cases, you may need to enable the template for editing. A small alert bar will be displayed at the top of the screen, containing the “Enable for editing …” option. Just click the button and enjoy the new downloaded templates.


Note that not all templates available have fonts, colors and effects like other templates presented by PowerPoint. So pay attention and see if the chosen model meets your needs before downloading it.

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