Microsoft PowerPoint is, without doubt, the most widely used presentation tool. PowerPoint comes with a default template library so that we can start with a specific design rather than a blank presentation. We can use any template to start working on it. However the default template library is very limited and after giving one or two presentations you try to seek more new and energetic templates from online resources. While working on our project presentation, we just came across some resources from where you can download a variety of templates for free.
PowerPoint 2013 comes with a search field on the Welcome screen. This search field will enable you to search for and download free PowerPoint templates of your choice. You can also browse through categories for templates of your choice. Just click on any template and download it.
Following are some resources which provide PowerPoint templates in addition to the built in templates.
1- Free PowerPoint Templates – FPPT
Fppt has a large collection of templates that cover almost all of the categories one may be looking for. These templates are compatible with Office 2007 and Office 2010. Just click on your selected template and a separate page will open. You can download it as a zip file. You will find a brief description about each template which will help you decide if it suits your need or not.
The collection includes more than one thousand PPT templates, themes, PowerPoint backgrounds, 3D PowerPoint templates, animations for PowerPoint.
A collection of over 5000 PowerPoint templates can be found at Indezine. They have divided their collection into small combos consisting of 200 designs each. You can either download the templates for free or buy the designs in one CD. The collection has totally different aesthetic taste. We must admit that the templates look more ‘abstract’ than ‘professional’.
Smile templates is another large collection of PowerPoint templates compatible with Office 2003, Office 2007 and Office 2010. You can download any template instantly. Just click the ‘Download’ button and the download process will start. Premium templates are also available which are made more attractive with animations and can be bought if desired.
PowerPoint styles leads the list by providing high quality PowerPoint templates for free. What is unique about PowerPoint styles is that they not only allow you to download any template but also suggest the related templates so that you may have a wider choice of similar templates.
Graphics Land provides you formal presentation templates. If you are looking for simple and elegant presentation templates then you must land at the graphics land. Although the free collection is not very large but you can get all the templates by downloading one zip file. Most of their templates and themes are premium ones.
The premium templates are known as PowerDesigns. PowerDESIGNS is a complete PowerPoint design package including PowerPoint templates, animated templates, 3D graphics, photo icons, and animated slide layouts that will make you look like a PRO.
Presentation Magazine and Presentation Pro also provide free templates which include animated and flash templates as well. However you may need to subscribe to these websites to get free emails into your inbox.
Using the template files
You can directly open the template file and start customizing it according to your needs. You can also apply these themes and templates to your existing presentations. Just follow the steps below:
Open the presentation in PowerPoint and go to Design tab.
Click on the down arrow and select browse for theme.
Locate your downloaded template and apply it to your presentation.
We hope that you enjoyed browsing through these beautiful collection of templates which can be downloaded and used easily. Do you know any better resource of free PowerPoint templates? Do not forget to share with us.