PowerPoint is Microsoft office’s tool to make presentation. These presentations are called PowerPoint presentation. A presentations main objective is to grab attention of the audience and to make them listen and understand easily what the presenter wants to say. In order to be effective and eye catching a presentation has to be adorned with some tools. A PowerPoint template is one such tool. A template is a pattern, blueprint or structure of a slide or group of slides that can be used as pre-set for any presentation and can be saved as a ‘.potx’ file. Themes, Theme colours, effects, background, highlights style, layout and even the content, all are individual and important components of a template.

PowerPoint gives you an option to create and save your own customised templates that you can reuse as per your whims in any presentation or share them with people. There are many inbuilt templates in PowerPoint and there is another array of numerous templates on Microsoft Office’s official website or on individually owned blogs and websites that share PowerPoint templates. The internet is laden with a variety of templates that you can browse, search and use in your own presentations.

Microsoft office’s official website has templates of Agendas, Award Certificates, Brochures, Budgets, Business Cards, Calendars, Content slides, Contract, Databases, Design slides, Diagrams, Envelops, Expense reports, Fax sheets, Flyers, Forms, Gift Certificates, Greeting Cards, Inventories, Invitations, Invoices, Labels, Letters, Lists, memos, Minutes, Newsletters, Plans, Planners, Postcards, Purchase orders, Receipts, Reports, Resumes, Schedules, Statements, Stationary and Time sheets. These are some not all types of slides that are available on the website. Template resources are very vast and if you are too short of time to make your own template you will find the template that suits your work at hand.

Templates mostly include the following constituents:

  • The subject matter of the presentation or the subject-specific content which includes the explanations and notes and/or any other content related directly to the topic at hand. For example, Certificate of Achievement, Soccer and an image of the soccer ball.
  • Background formatting tools, for example gradient, texture, fill colour, transparency or pictures make the template attractive. The texture of the background implies the colour and shade of the slide and the fill-colour is the colour of the highlights.
  • Color, font, font size, or font styles are also important embellishments for the content of your presentation and hence they are also important to make a template appealing. The colour and gradient of the title and headlines and other theme design elements are also important.
  • Text in placeholders  used to prompt people to enter user specific information, such as Name, Address etc.
  • Textboxes, images, video or sound clips, transitions (such as fade, cover, uncover, shape, reveal, split, wipe, etc.) and 3D effects (such as 3-D, lines, shadows, fills, etc.) and animation effects such as wheel, fly-in, fly-out, appear, fade, float, etc.) are also important components of a PowerPoint template that enhance the overall look of the presentation.