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  Thursday, March 04, 2010 – Permalink –

Layout Control

Unique designs

How a slide is laid out can be captured as a custom template.
You are not restricted to the schems that come out of the box.

Custom Layout

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  Tuesday, January 26, 2010 – Permalink –

Where's the Template

Find and/change storage spots

Describes the different template categories and the locations of templates in 2007 Office programs. Also describes the registry settings that control where to find your custom templates.

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  Sunday, November 22, 2009 – Permalink –

More Free Templates

Three dozen more

Sometimes it takes someone else's example of a PowerPoint show to stir your own imagination.

Graphicsland is offering a collection of 36 templates for PowerPoint. The templates are saved as .pot files & are compatible with all versions of PowerPoint. The collection is free of charge & is available now for downloading.
To see a printable preview & to go to the download area:

Free Templates

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  Wednesday, October 21, 2009 – Permalink –

Halloween on One Slide

Scary trick

Kathryn Jacobs, PowerPointAnswers, has created a single slide presentation with a Halloween theme.

Through the clever use of animation, AutoShapes, and witchcraft. A whole show is contained on just one slide.

Pumpkin Time!

Brainy Betty also has some free templates
Halloween Backgrounds

Also see Indezine:
Halloween Templates

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<Doug Klippert@ 3:08 AM

These are some great resources. I found some more Halloween templates on Office Online too:

For more Office resources head to

MSFT Office Outreach Team

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  Monday, April 20, 2009 – Permalink –

Make Your Own Templates

Fit any need

You are not dependent on microsoft for PowerPoint templates. You can create your own for use on special occasions or to share with others.

What is in a Custom Template?
  • Slide background
  • Slide Layout- which placeholders appear and their positions
  • Color Scheme
  • Formatting of placeholders
  • Formatting of text and bullets
  • Slide transition
  • Placeholder animations
Jan's Web Work & Experiments:
Custom Templates
Creating PowerPoint Templates

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  Friday, October 17, 2008 – Permalink –

PowerPoint Magic

Tutorials and downloads

Glenna Raye Shaw is the PowerPoint Magician.

Here are some of the files that can be downloaded from her site:

PowerPak for PowerPoint Demo
the shareware version of PowerPak, an innovative collection of PowerPoint lesson and game templates.

PowerPak for PowerPoint Sampler
a larger file, but includes a fun custom show as well as the shareware.

Control the Heat Mouse Over Template (ppt file)
a PowerPoint template with a thermometer which can raise the temperature by moving the mouse over it.

Time Machine Mouse Over Template
ia PowerPoint template with a clock that can be moved forward and backward in time by moving the mouse over it.

Shadow Techniques
shows some fun techniques with shadows in PowerPoint.

Origins of PowerPoint
the illustrated version of Austin Meyer's irreverent story.

Mouse Over Magic
shows stupid mouse tricks.

music to go with the stupid mouse tricks.

Downloads and Resources

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  Wednesday, October 08, 2008 – Permalink –

100 Free Templates

Can't have too many

Microsoft provides a lot of free templates for Office applications.

For PowerPoint here are one hundred that can be feely used:

BTW: here's a new Blog:
Brainy Betty PowerPoint Tips and Tricks

Also see:
Sonia Coleman:
Free PowerPoint Templates

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  Sunday, June 22, 2008 – Permalink –

Brainy Betty

Templates, Graphics and more

"Very simply, you can download anything on this site for personal or business or educational use. You can share these downloads with others as long as you give it to them and not "sell" it to them.

Tell others where you got the downloads.

Brainy Betty

What you can expect to find on this site:

  • Hundreds of free PowerPoint templates
  • Certificate templates
  • Free Flash PowerPoint Slides
  • 3D Graphics
  • Dingbats
  • Buttons and lines
  • An awesome icon collection
  • Free Flash and Swish
  • Sound clips

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  Saturday, April 05, 2008 – Permalink –

'Tis the Template

Free Holiday templates

This can be considered a jumping off point for many holiday themed templates.
Here are some sources for holiday backgrounds and clipart for PowerPoint. These sites also have material for the rest of the year.

All 'Bout Computers:
Holiday AutoShapes in PowerPoint
by Kathy Jacobs

Template Ready:
Christmas FREE PowerPoint Template

Microsoft office:
Holiday templates

Presenters University:
(Free login)
Holiday templates

Brainy Betty:
Christmas and Holiday Themed Templates

Sonia Coleman:
Free PowerPoint Templates
[Edited entry from 12/15/2004]

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  Saturday, December 15, 2007 – Permalink –

Background Templates

Fresh material

After seeing a few PowerPoint presentations, all of the backgrounds and graphics included with Office, start to look alike.

Luckily, there are generous folk who supply fresh material.

Sonia Coleman is one of the best.

She presents over 200 templates for download.

Free PowerPoint Templates

Explore the rest of her site including the Gallery section

Also see:

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  Wednesday, September 26, 2007 – Permalink –

Send Your Template to MS

Geek fame

According to the Inside Office Blog, over 1 million people have downloaded free templates from Microsoft.

"You probably have a document you use over and over again, something you created to solve a particular problem. You may even find yourself occasionally sending the document to others in e-mail because it's so useful. Now you can share your clever solution with everyone who uses the 2007 Microsoft Office system!

People like you all over the world are allowing others to download and use their document templates on Office Online. Some of these templates have tens of thousands of downloads. They were submitted by people who either wanted to help others or show their great solutions. You can, too.

Upload your template

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  Friday, June 29, 2007 – Permalink –

Backgrounds for you

A large number of designer slides

PP'ers are always on the lookout for colorful, useful backgrounds.

Camtasia Studio, a maker of video capture software has a lot of PowerPoint backgrounds that are yours for the downloading.

"Based on the popularity of our MenuMaker background templates, we've created background templates for use with Microsoft PowerPoint. These free templates are designed for use with PowerPoint presentations recorded with TechSmith's Camtasia Studio. However, they are standard templates and can be used for any PowerPoint presentation."

Camtasia Backqrounds

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  Monday, February 05, 2007 – Permalink –

More More Free Templates

Clean, professional layouts

Besides some intriguing enterprise PowerPoint solutions, has some free designs that you can download and adapt to your own uses.

One of the designs is a timer:

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