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Opening a template as default

When opening Powerpoint (start - all programs - Microsoft Office - MS powerpoint) I want a pre-defined template to open instead of the standard empty "create a presentation" template.

The reason is to get our users to use this template instead of creating a new one all the time.

We have a terminal server environment as well as stand alone desktop machines.

Any idea if this is possible?
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:

You can create a file called blank.pot or blank.potx and save it in the correct location, which varies depending on your Powerpoint version. See this link for details about the file locations and more info:


cheers, teylyn
HydroscandAuthor Commented:
Good tips! Thanks!

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