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How to Download & Install a PowerPoint Template in 60 Seconds

This post is part of a series called How to Use PowerPoint in 60 Seconds (Quick Video Tutorials).
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So you have a big presentation coming up and you want your PowerPoint slides to look great. The built in themes just aren't going to cut it. The good news is that it's quick and easy to add custom themes to PowerPoint for a unique look. 

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How to Download and Install Your PowerPoint Template Quickly

Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps that complement this video.

1. Download a Premium PowerPoint Template 

I'm using the Simplicity theme, which is one of the professional PowerPoint templates available for purchase from GraphicRiver.

How to download and install the Simplicity PowerPoint template
Download and install the Simplicity PowerPoint template.

2. Extract Your Downloaded PowerPoint Template

After you've downloaded the premium PowerPoint template, you have a zip file. After extracting it, you wanna find the .THMX or the THMX files. 

Find the THMX PowerPoint theme file
Find the THMX PowerPoint theme file.

At this point, make a folder where you're going to store all of your PowerPoint themes which you can put basically anywhere. 

For now, just make a folder called templates on your desktop and move the .THMX files into it. Click on the Explorer window at the top and copy the path to the folder where your templates are. 

3. Install Your Premium PowerPoint Template

Let's jump back over to PowerPoint. 

Go to the File Options menu and in the Save panel, find the box that says Default Personal Templates Location. This is the folder where PowerPoint will look for your templates.

Paste in the path to where your custom templates are stored and then press OK

PowerPoint templates file location
Your PowerPoint templates file location.

When you create a new presentation, click on Personal and now your custom templates are showing. Click on one of the new themes to get started and it creates a new presentation. 

4. Check That It's Working Right!

If you go to the Home tab and then choose Layout, you can see that your custom PowerPoint templates are now installed and ready to be used.

Your PowerPoint theme is now installed
Your PowerPoint template is now installed and ready to use.

More PowerPoint Tutorial and Template Resources

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Discover More Presentation Options 

You can also find additional professional presentation options in our Ultimate Guide to the Best Microsoft PowerPoint Templates or browse through the thousands of Premium PowerPoint designs on GraphicRiver.

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