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
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:
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
|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:
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