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Distribute a PowerPoint 2010 theme to all computers

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I'd like to distribute a PowerPoint 2010 theme to all our users.  I added it to the user location (C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Document Themes), but it doesn't show up when doing a File-New-ClickThemes, and also, I don't want it to be part of the roaming profiles.  I tried adding it to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Document Themes 14, but the theme name doesn't show when doing a File-New-ClickThemes  Instead, it shows the theme name as whatever the previous theme name is alphbetically.  I must be missing something.  What's the proper way to distribute a PowerPoint theme to hundreds of machines.
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Maybe this will help:

http://echosvoice.com/tutorials-2/powerpoint-2007-tutorials/powerpoint-2007-where-to-save-themes/


It's the same locations for Office 2010.
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Oh, and as for avoiding roaming profiles, you can put the templates/themes in the workgroups folder that you set up in Word. (I know.)  Do that in Word | File | Options | Advanced | General | File Locations | Workgroup Templates.
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thankyou, however, the theme didn't show up in ppt when putting the theme in the workgourp location.  There must be a better way to do this then place the theme in each users folder C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Document Themes
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Try putting a Document Themes folder in the workgroup folder and put the THMX files in that.
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Ah that works (putting the Document Themes folder in the workgroup folder).  So I think I'll do that, except the theme still doesn't show up when doing a File-New-ClickThemes, which seems odd, but I'll assume that's not possbile.  And I think we've determined that it's not possible to add themes to the built-in themes folder (at least without hacking things up).
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Ah, yeah, when you do File | New you get the MSFT stock themes. PPT 2010 behaves a bit better than 2007 when you put your own files in there (C:\program files ...) , but I seem to recall that it still acts up ... I just can't recall exactly how.


You can choose File | New | My Templates, and any thmx and potx files you put into the C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates folder show up there. So I suspect if  you put the potx/thmx into the workgroup folder directly (because the workgroup folder is the general equivalent of the C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates folder), they'd show up in File | New | My Templates.

I know I complained about this way back in the PPT 2007 days. I was like, you're pushing themes, but where are MY THEMES? And it's still no better.  Yeah, they don't listen to me. ;-)
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