Pinning Custom PowerPoint Templates for Quick Access When Creating New Decks

How to Save and Pin PowerPoint Templates for Quick Access when Starting New Presentations

Steve Sheets, Technical Director

Steve Sheets

Feb 02, 2023


All PowerPoint users 




PowerPoint provides a number of default templates which you can utilize when creating a new presentation from scratch, in this tutorial we cover how to add custom templates to that list.

To have a custom PowerPoint template available for immediate use in this list, we need to meet two requirements:

1. Get your template into the correct folder:

  • Open the PowerPoint file you wish to use as your template (can be a .pptx or .potx file).
  • Go to File > Save As and select the .potx file format, this will automatically save your file as a template in the correct folder

2. Pinning your template file for quick access:

  • In PowerPoint, go to File > New
  • Click on the button that says Custom
  • Click on Custom Office Templates
  • Find your template there and click on the pin icon

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Steve Sheets, Technical Director

Steve is a designer with high expectations for a final product but he tends to obsess over process too. He likes to know the many ways to get things done, the advantages of each and their oh so scary pitfalls. Perhaps that's why he has a Mac and a PC?

"Workflows are one of the few times in life where the best way tends to be the easy way, the trick is figuring out what's 'easy' for your specific situation."

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