For every PowerPoint I work on, I always have set a new shape's fill, its stroke, and take off its default shadow. Once I give it my look, I know I can keep this as a default style with right-click | set as default shape. (I think should be renamed "set as default style".) However, new shapes only take on my style for the current file, not for every new file I create. Is there a way to have these style settings persist for all new files created?

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    Have you tried asking this on a Microsoft support site/forum? I think you might have better luck there than here, with something so specific
    – Manly
    Commented Sep 13, 2016 at 17:25
  • Funny you should ask. I first looked through their online help and couldn't find anything. I was wondering if someone had a way to do it here. Can you recommend an appropriate forum?
    – itsmikem
    Commented Sep 13, 2016 at 17:27
  • Microsoft Pro Level Support 1-800-936-4900
    – Manly
    Commented Sep 13, 2016 at 17:45

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You can create a default template. Start Powerpoint and create your default template. It should probably be only a blank slide and the styles you want.

Save it as Blank with the extension .potx in the following location:


This works for me very well. Let me know if it helps you.

  • This seems like a fantastic solution but I couldn't get it to work. I saw my new .potx in Custom Office templates, but the colors I set and the default look for new shapes didn't persist when I closed and relaunched PowerPoint. Am I doing something wrong?
    – itsmikem
    Commented Sep 20, 2016 at 18:15
  • Can you tell me what version of PowerPoint and Windows are you using? Thank you! Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 10:59

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