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Where to Download Free PowerPoint 2007 Templates

written by: John Garger•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 7/19/2010

The templates that ship with PowerPoint 2007 are numerous but they get old quickly. If you want to stand out in a crowd, read this article to learn where and why you should download and use free PowerPoint 2007 templates for your professional and college presentations.

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    PowerPoint Template Choices

    There is no doubt that PowerPoint is the number one electronic slide presentation software used in the business, education, and government sectors. Its ease of use and accessibility make it an asset to any presenter. The templates that come with PowerPoint 2007 are convenient and greatly reduce the time it takes to create a presentation. The result is more time spent on the content of the presentation and less time spent creating and modifying the non-essential elements of the slides.

    However, with such widespread use, the templates, themes, and backgrounds that ship with PowerPoint 2007 become old quickly. Many websites, including Microsoft itself, offers users of PowerPoint free templates to break free of the overused standard templates that ship with the program. However, many other websites offer free downloads of PowerPoint templates ensuring you have a supply of templates that are not being used by someone in your organization. Learn why you should use free templates and where you can download them.

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    Why Use Free Templates with PowerPoint 2007?

    One of the problems with using the same templates repeatedly is that you risk boring your audience. When giving any type of presentation, you want to draw your listeners in to what you are saying. Boring props and overused PowerPoint templates are a sure way to turn your audience off to your message. In fact, many of the templates that ship with PowerPoint are too generic to be used for a specific presentation. Their abstract shapes and gradient colors are repetitive and boring.

    In many situations, several presentations are delivered back to back. If you use the same old templates that ship with PowerPoint, you risk using one that was used before you. Psychologically, your audience will associate you presentation with the one that previously used the same PowerPoint template. If you want to stand out from the other presentations, make sure your template has a unique look and style. That alone can disassociate your message from others'.

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    Download Free PowerPoint 2007 Templates on the Web

    One of the best sources of free PowerPoint templates is from Microsoft itself. Microsoft’s Office Online website offers updates, templates, and tech support for all Office 2007 products. Since these services are available from Microsoft, you can be sure of the highest level of compatibility and safety in downloading these templates.

    TemplateWise.com is one of the best sources of free PowerPoint templates. This website categorizes its templates into convenient sections such as abstract, business, nature, travel, and other categories. If you need to find a quality template quickly, this is the place to find it.

    FreePPTTemplates.com is another source for PowerPoint templates. This site also offers a large number of PowerPoint backgrounds so you can further customize your PowerPoint slideshow. This site does carry advertisements but they are non-intrusive and allow for easy navigation within the site.

    PresentationHelper.co.uk offers not only free PowerPoint templates, it gives visitors an opportunity to use its Template Builder. With it, you can browser custom templates with the click of the mouse. If you want to use a certain color in your presentation, this is the place to start looking.

    PresentationLoad.com offers some of the highest quality free PowerPoint templates on the web. This site uses a convenient navigation system that gets you from browsing templates to creating your presentation in no time. These templates are also compatible with Open Office, Google Docs, and Keynote.

    Remember that choosing a good template means matching your template’s colors, layout, and working space to the information in your presentation. If you have a lot of text in your presentation, choose a template that isn’t too busy so that the text is easy to read. If you have a lot of images or videos in your presentation, choose a template that has a darker background for easier viewing. No matter what you needs, the template sites discussed above have something that will match your presentation’s content and style.

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    Conclusion

    Not only does using free PowerPoint templates make your business or education presentation stand out, it also ensures that you are not reusing the same old templates, themes, and backgrounds that ship with the program. There are many websites on the Internet that offer free downloads of PowerPoint templates. Check them out and use one that will make your next presentation shine.