Powerpoint 2003 design template thumbnail empty or ugly

Jubal1234 used Ask the Experts™
Hi All,

I created a few powerpoint design templates in powerpoint 2003. They work fine and the full design is applied when using them. I have an issue with the thumbnails however. They are empty or not correct. Any idea what this could be ? The deafult design templates are correct. See attached image.

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Hm. I've not seen this happen before, except in some occasions where all the thumbnails show up blank.

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Agree with Echo_S
So a bit of guess work since it's only the one's you have created.
Did you save the images as templates in the correct order when you were creating them?
Are the images in the right place. Not moved anywhere
All the same size correct format?
Maybe looking over this guide can assist you
How to create a Powerpoint template


Hi All,

Thanks for the answers. It's not possible for me to check and try this today. I will in the next couple of days and get back here after that.

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Yeah, I'd make sure you've put the images and designs on the slide masters. You mentioned that the templates work okay, so I assumed you did that...but I should never assume!


Hi All,

There is something very wrong with the templates themselves. After trying some of the suggestions you mentioned I tried the templats on a couple of other computers (which I should have done in the first place.....). On all computers the same empty thumbnail. I will recreate them from scratch and try again. If I stumble into other issues I will post them again.

Thanks !
Yes that's what I would do, back to the drawing board.
Hope the guides help.

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