PowerPoint 2003 - Locating and Storing Your Templates

 

Design Templates are controlled a bit differently in PowerPoint 2003 than in prior versions.  The list of design templates seems to be "fixed" to what ships with PowerPoint 2003 (see 1 in the image below).   I suspect that this change might be related to the color sort that they added at the last minute.

All newly created or collected templates should go in C:\Documents and Settings\Your name\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates and when you want something other than the "shipped templates", click on Templates > On my computer (see 2 in image below).  
 

 

   

 

 
You can easily determine where PowerPoint 2003 looks to find templates "On my computer" by going to File Save as and select Design Template(*.pot) as the file type.  Click on the arrow next to the "Save In:" box and you can trace the full path.  It should resemble mine:

C:\Documents and Settings\Sonia\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates 

My suggestion would be to create folders for downloaded templates and/or custom templates you create.  You can place them anywhere on your system and name them what you want.  Then in the folder you identified above, create shortcuts to your folders. Mine are:  C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 97\Templates and C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 2003\Templates\Sonia's Templates. 

 

 
When I select "On my computer", PowerPoint 2003 looks for templates and displays a dialog like this:
  
 
 
 
The Design Templates are stored in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 2003\Templates\Presentation Designs (the path on your system may differ, depending on where you installed Office 2003).
 
 
There is one very strong reason for wanting to add to the list of Design Templates.  These templates offer an additional option, i.e. "Use for All New Presentations".  However, PowerPoint 2003 seems to have a fixed list of template files that it will display as Design Templates.  I can't find anything in the Registry that controls this list, so there may be an encrypted list buried someplace we aren't supposed to find.  The following templates will be displayed, if they exist.  If any new ones are added to the Templates folder, they will not be displayed.  If any are deleted, it simply displays what it finds:
 
 
  Axis.pot         
  Balance.pot    
  Balloons.pot   
  Beam.pot       
  Blends.pot      
  Capsules.pot  
  Cascade.pot   
  Cliff.pot          
  Clouds.pot      
  Compass.pot  
  Competition.pot          
  Crayons.pot    
  Curtain Call.pot           
  Digital Dots.pot           
  Echo.pot        
  Eclipse.pot     
  Edge.pot        
  Fading Grid.pot           
  Fireworks.pot  
  Glass Layers.pot        
  Globe.pot       
  Kimono.pot 
Layers.pot
Level.pot
Maple.pot
Mountain Top.pot
Network.pot
Ocean.pot
Orbit.pot
Pixel.pot
Profile.pot
Proposal.pot
Quadrant.pot
Radial.pot
Refined.pot
Ripple.pot
Satellite Dish.pot
Shimmer.pot
Slit.pot
Stream.pot
Studio.pot
Teamwork.pot
Textured.pot
Watermark.pot
 

If you are willing to give up one of them and use its name, you can save a template of your choice to the folder.  For example, I have a template that I have created and am using to create a series of tutorials.  I know that I will never have use for the Balloons.pot template, so I have saved my custom template as C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 2003\Templates\Presentation Designs\Balloons.pot. 
 

 


 

 
I have also used the option "Use for all new Presentations", so each time I open PowerPoint 2003, a new presentation appears, but with my template applied.  When I move on to another project, I can reset the default template to default.pot or to a similarly replaced design template.  This feature is very handy, especially if you want to enforce a standard template within an organization.   

 
 
 
 

 
The downside is that I have to live with the file name - - Balloons.pot - - which in no way describes my template.  <G> Yes, I tried to give it a name of my choice and PowerPoint 2003 would not display it in the list of design templates.  However, if I delete the original Balloons.pot and then save mine as C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 2003\Templates\Presentation Designs\Balloons.pot, it shows up in the list.
 

 

 

Other sources of templates:

Template pack 1:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3a8b90ac-2bcb-4fec-a8b4-bfbd509baefb&DisplayLang=en

 
Template pack 2:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e903488f-0f1d-4cae-aa2f-6de7afc8db59&DisplayLang=en

Template pack 3:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=47cedf97-b910-4a17-96c8-18c155492a9a&DisplayLang=en

 

 
 

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