pW 4.0: Working with PowerPoint Templates

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pW 4.0: Working with PowerPoint Templates

Post by JohnM » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:46 pm

Working with Background Templates in PowerWorship 4.0

Applies To: PowerWorship 4.0 Standard, PowerWorship 4.0 Premium
Requires: Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or later

PowerWorship supports the use of PowerPoint templates (.pot, .potx) as a means of applying background templates to generated slides for Microsoft PowerPoint.

Note: Templates are not yet supported for OpenOffice Impress, for slides created via PowerWorship, however you can change the background after creating slides for OpenOffice Impress - if desired. Microsoft PowerPoint must be selected as the active presentation software setting (e.g. in the Environment section of the program settings) for the background template selection list to be enabled in the PowerWorship settings.

Adding existing background templates for use with PowerWorship

If you created one or more PowerPoint templates manually (or otherwise obtained additional PowerPoint templates) and would like to use them with PowerWorship, copy (or otherwise save) the templates (.pot and/or .potx files) to the PowerWorship templates directory and the templates will be available for selection when you relaunch PowerWorship.

The PowerWorship templates directory is located at the following directory path, depending on your version of Windows:
  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\PowerWorship\pW4\Templates
  • Windows Vista and later, including Windows 7, Windows 8: C:\ProgramData\PowerWorship\pW4\Templates
To directly open the templates directory from PowerWorship:
  • Open the program settings by clicking the Settings button in the main PowerWorship window and open the Background settings.
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  • Click the Open Templates Folder button.
Example PowerWorship templates folder contents (Windows XP)
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Selecting the active background template

To select the template that will be used for PowerPoint slides generated by PowerWorship:
  1. Open the program settings by clicking the Settings button in the main PowerWorship window and open the Background settings.
  2. Select the desired background template from the available list.
  3. Change additional program settings, if desired, and click OK to save the changes.
Background settings (PowerWorship Settings)
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Creating new background templates for use with PowerWorship

One supported approach for creating new background templates (vs. adding existing templates as described above) is to edit one of the existing background templates - included in PowerWorship, and change the background of the existing template.

For example:
  1. Open the program settings by clicking the Settings button in the main PowerWorship window and open the Background settings.
  2. Select one of the background templates from the list.
  3. Click the Edit Selected Template button to Edit the selected template in Microsoft PowerPoint.
  4. Right-click the initial slide in the Master View, and select Format Background.
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  5. Choose a new background color (e.g. solid fill) or picture, and click Apply to All, and then Close.
  6. Use the Save As main (File) menu option to save the template under a new name (e.g. MyNewTemplate) and click Save.
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  7. Exit the program settings (e.g. click OK or Cancel) and then reopen the program settings to select the newly added template.
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  8. Click OK to save the changes or click Cancel to preserve the existing program settings.

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