Creating and Opening Presentations

Get Microsoft Office and PowerPoint presentation tips on creating and opening PowerPoint presentations.

Using templates

A template is a predesigned presentation you can use to create a new slide show quickly. Templates often include custom formatting and designs, so they can save you a lot of time and effort when starting a new project.

To create a new presentation from a template:

  1. Click the File tab to access Backstage view.
  2. Select New. You can click a suggested search to find templates or use the search bar to find something more specific. In our example, we'll search for Business presentations.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Searching for templates
  3. Select a template to review it.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting a template
  4. A preview of the template will appear, along with additional information on how the template can be used.
  5. Click Create to use the selected template.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Creating a new presentation with a template
  6. A new presentation will appear with the selected template.

It's important to note that not all templates are created by Microsoft. Many are created by third-party providers and even individual users, so some templates may work better than others.