It may be fairly easy to find PowerPoint templates for that presentation tomorrow, but a little harder to find the perfect science template for the school project due on Monday, and it could take hours to find the high-end picture-perfect template with 3D animations to show to the client on the first of the month. Whatever your needs, this little guide will help you find that free template for biology class or the template that was designed by professionals for professionals, so you can spend more time on the presentation and less time surfing the Web for a template.
It only makes sense that the people who created PowerPoint also have a site devoted to templates for the program. The site contains thousands of templates, from casual to professional, for PowerPoint 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013. Templates are broken down into several categories, including Business, Technology, School, and many more. They are partnered with Hewlett-Packard, PresentationPro, and others, so if you are looking for a template that focuses on flowers, blood, or the stock market, you can probably find it at Microsoft’s template site.
An acronym for Free PowerPoint Templates, this site boasts over 1,000 high-quality free templates available for download. Templates are sorted in categories or through tags to make it easy for you to find the template you want. This site offers 3D templates, themes, and template backgrounds available for download via a .zip file.
TemplateMonster has a few PowerPoint templates for free, but they are labeled as samples. The majority of their templates are of corporate design and come with a single use or buyout license. Some prices vary, but most are about $40 for the single use and $400 to buy out. These templates are not generic and are created for the business sector. The pictures and graphics are of very high quality and are perfect for the presentation that needs to be impressive.
CrystalGraphics has over 30,000 templates, but they are not free. They charge a yearly subscription, currently $99 for one year, $149 for two years, or $175 for three years. With a subscription, you are allowed to download as many templates as you wish. But CrystalGraphics is not just about templates — they also have several add-in features that can be purchased to help embed Flash, video, and 3D transitioning to any PowerPoint project.
This site does not have a lot of templates, and they don’t have a lot of high-end graphic templates. However, they do have templates that will work for virtually any situation, and they are free. Business, Christmas, and Sports are just some of the categories available through this site.
There are many more template sites on the Internet. Don’t download content from sites you don’t trust. Template files are large enough to slip in a small application, like a Trojan or keylogger virus. The sites on this page are not guaranteed to be safe, but they have all been around for quite a few years.