Tip 6 – Templates

Stunning slide decks reuse elements to ease understanding.

In any presentation, there will be several styles of slide – some of which are:

  • presentation opening/closing
  • section header
  • title and content (bullets and images)
  • title only
  • blank (to be used for your own content)

For each style, a template page should be available and then applied to all the slides that match that style. The result is a consistency among the slides.

Learning how to use templates will reduce frustration when editing or maintaining your own slide decks, and even more so when slide decks are shared between presenters. Know that each template page contains content placeholders – for example, there is a standard content placeholder for the slide title, and another for the slide content. The slide content placeholder can be used to add text, images, charts, video, and other objects. When you add a slide, select the appropriate layout you would like by choosing a template page, then add your slide content INTO the appropriate content placeholders directly. Those placeholders can then be styled once on the template page, rather than repeating the same formatting on every slide.

You can also manage your own templates and template pages. Once you are viewing the template and its pages, you can duplicate (copy/paste) existing template pages, create new template pages, remove unused template pages, and edit the template pages directly. Styling for your entire deck is done at the template level, with minor adjustments at the individual slide level.

Stunning slides reduce your effort by using templates.

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