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With so much new in this release of Office, its easy to overlook some of the less-earth-shattering-yet-still-cool-goodness we've baked in for you. This is a series of short posts highlighting a few of these unsung heroes, things to try out in the beta releases or later when you have the released product. - Richard Bretschneider
This first "quick" feature is doubly interesting; besides the fact you may have missed it in PowerPoint 2007, you may have missed it in PowerPoint 2003! It's setting a default design or theme for new documents.
Setting a default design is particularly useful if you work in an company or organization that requires you to use an corporate template. But you'll find it just as cool if you simply don't like the default template and want to always start with something else. Whenever you open PowerPoint the design you chose is automatically applied to the new document, and you're ready to go!
As you're probably aware by now, Office 2007 introduces Themes; professionally created collections of colors, effects, and fonts, which can be applied to Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. Themes provide a uniform professional look across different document types, as well as providing powerful customization options. Read Howard's earlier blog if you aren't already aware of this exciting change in Office 2007.
Make It Yours
Both PowerPoint 2003 and 2007 set the default design in a similar manner, but the user interface for selecting themes has changed from the side panes of Office 2003 to the ribbon galleries in Office 2007. We'll review 2003 first, then show you how it works in 2007.
In PowerPoint 2003, you'll want to make sure the template you want to make your default appears in the pane. To add a template to the pane, select Browse from the bottom of the pane. You'll use the file dialog to select your template. It is applied to your document and added to the list in the pane.
To make a template your default, right-click the template thumbnail, and select "Use for All New Presentations" from the menu.
PowerPoint 2007 makes some subltle changes here, but essentially it's the same set of steps in a new bit of user interface. The Theme gallery of the Design tab has a browse menu item where you can add any theme or template not already in the gallery. Again, this applies the design to your current document, and also adds it to the list of active themes.
With the gallery open, right-click the theme thumbnail you want to make the new default. This drops a familiar-looking menu, including the command that sets your default theme for new presentations.
OK, that was easy, but how do you get back to the original?
In both versions of PowerPoint you can change back to the original default by using the same Set as..." command. In PowerPoint 2003, the default design template is named "Default Design" and is at the beginning of the Available For Use section of the Slide Design pane. In PowerPoint 2007 the default theme is named "Office Theme" at the beginning of the Built-In secton of the gallery.
So, hope you enjoy the power of choosing your own defaults!
NEXT UP: SECRETS OF THE POWERPOINT STATUS BAR
Thank you with the setting of default template. The usual saving of a new template as blank presentation in Powerpoint 2003 was not working for me but now I finally have my corporate template up and running.. Thanks again