When you want your PowerPoint presentation to contain carefully arranged elements without having to do excessive manual work, apply a template (.potx file). This gives you a jump-start on a new, blank presentation. 

Please note this tutorial shows you how to apply PowerPoint templates to a new presentation in PowerPoint 2016+. For a Tutorial on how to do this in older versions click here

Step 1 - Where to put a template

Put the template in a folder for Microsoft Templates only, to make it easy to apply. A Default Microsoft Template folder is created when you download Microsoft Office Suite, please put the PowerPoint template in this folder. This folder location will differ depending on what device you're using:

Note: Replace <UserName> with whatever your user name is on this computer.

 (you can find the DLC PowerPoint Template here)

For Personal Computers


For Sask DLC Devices

C:\Users\<Username>.SASKDLC\Documents\Custom Office Templates

Tip: If you're not sure what the folder location is, copy the folder location by right clicking the address bar of the folder you put the Power Point template in, then clicking "Copy Address". This will copy the folder location (paste this location somewhere on your device because you 

Step 2 - Confirm the template location with Office

  1. Open Power Point
  2. Select File > Options > Save.
  3. Under Save presentations, in the box named Default personal templates location, specify the location named above that is appropriate for your Windows operating system.
  4. Click OK.

Step 3 - Apply a template

  1. In PowerPoint, click File, and then click New.
  2. Click Personal and pick a template that you've created.
  3. When you find the template that you want, click it to see the details, and then click Create.