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EE Pros,

Often when I'm in a PPT slide deck, I'd like to change Themes.  The problem is, that I have to look through 10s of PPTs to find a Theme I like.  Is there a way to collect all PPT Themes on a Hard Drive or in a file of PPTs and keep them in a single place where you can draw from?

Thank you in advance,

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Sure. Which version of PPT are you using?
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thank you for the quick response! I'm running 2010.

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Okay.

You can put any POTX or THMX files in this folder: C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Document Themes

They will then show up in the themes gallery on the Design tab in PPT 2010. You can apply them (yup, even the POTX templates) to your existing slides from here.
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Are you suggesting that I take my .ppt files and put them in this file and re-name the extension? Will that provide access to the themes?
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Sorry, I didn't realize you didn't have POTX and THMX files already, but yes, you can put PPTX files there also. Also, just to be clear, since you're using 2010 you don't want to be using files with extension PPT. (You may have been using that as a generic for PowerPoint, but I wanted to mention it just in case.)

Personally, I'd delete the slides from the PowerPoint files before putting them in that folder. Oh, maybe I'd leave the title slide so the thumbnail doesn't get weird. But when you apply a presentation or template from the Design tab, the file works like a theme at that point. And a theme doesn't have any sample slides.

Another option would be to open your presentation and choose File | Save As. Change the file type to Office Theme (*.THMX). PowerPoint will automatically take you to the correct folder. Give your file a name and save. If you then double-click that THMX and open it to test, you'll see the slides have all been stripped out.
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Echo,

Thank you for your help!  That was very much appreciated.

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You're welcome. Glad to hear it helped.

You know, you could just put all the PPTX files you want to re-use themes from into any folder and then in PowerPoint go to the Design tab, click the arrow to expand the Themes Gallery, then use Browse for Themes and navigate to your folder. Your PPTX files will show up, as will any themed files (THMX, POTX, PPTX, PPSX, even DOCX and XLSX!) you've put in that folder.

That might be easier in the long run than having to worry about getting te files show up in the gallery. It's hard to say what will work best for you -- and in typical PowerPoint style, there's more than one way to do it!
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Got it.  Actually, that's exactly what I ended up doing!

Thanks again,

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