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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

If you've got questions about our PowerPoint Templates or Backgrounds, chances are they are answered below. If you don't find what you're looking for, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Purchasing Templates & Backgrounds:
What software do I need to use your PowerPoint templates & backgrounds?
Will your templates & backgrounds work on a Mac?
When will I get the templates & backgrounds and how long will it take to download them?
Can I get the templates sent to me on disc - how long will that take?
What are the terms of your license?

Downloading the Templates & Backgrounds
I can't find my downloaded file - where is it?
How do I open this ".zip" file?


Using the Templates & Backgrounds
How do I apply a template to an existing presentation?
How do I apply a template to a new presentation?
How do I print handouts?
How do I apply a background to a presentation?



Purchasing Templates & Backgrounds

What software do I need to use your PowerPoint templates & backgrounds?
All of our PowerPoint templates and backgrounds work with PowerPoint 97, PowerPoint 2000, and PowerPoint 2002 (or XP).

Will your templates & backgrounds work on a Mac?
Yes, our PowerPoint templates and backgrounds will work with the Mac operating system. All you need is one of the PowerPoint versions mentioned above.

When will I get the templates & backgrounds and how long will it take to download them?
You will receive a link to download the PowerPoint templates and backgrounds immediately upon completeing your purchase. Please note that if you plan on purchasing the entire set of backgrounds or templates the file size can be large and take a while to download on a dial-up modem. To see approximate download times based on your connection speed, click here.

Can I get the templates sent to me on disc - how long will that take?
Yes, you can receive any or all of our templates and backgrounds on CD-ROM (for an extra $9.95 including shipping and handling). Orders received by 5 pm EST will be packaged and shipped the same day via US Priority Mail. Expect 5-7 business days for the CD to reach you , depending on where you reside (our shipping center is in Chicago, IL).

What are the terms of your license?
When you purchase any of PowerPoint templates or backgrounds, you are entitled to a Single User License. We offer low price multi-user rates and significant discounts for educational use. To get special rates for multi-user licensing please contact us at bizdev@powerpointcafe.com. Per the terms of the licensing agreement, you cannot resell our templates or backgrounds in any form. Each template and background image is copyright protected under U.S. Law.

 

Downloading the Templates & Backgrounds

I can't find my downloaded file - where is it?
Upon clicking the download link provided after purchase, your browser will ask you where on your hard drive you want to save the file. The default location is in the "My Documents" folder (although you should check to make sure it has not been changed, and make a note of the location where the file will be downloaded to). If you still can't find the file, it may be because you do not have "WinZip" on your computer. Once you install WinZip, you should be able to see your file in the folder it was downloaded to. For more information about WinZip, see the FAQ directly below this one.

How do I open this ".zip" file?
In order to minimize download times, Presentation Cafe compresses its templates and backgrounds using the WinZip format. You can get a free evaluation version of WinZip by going to www.winzip.com and then clicking on the "downloads" link and choosing the "evaluation version" of the software. For step-by-step instructions for using WinZip to uncompress our template and background files, click here.



Using the Templates & Backgrounds

How do I apply a template to an existing presentation?
To apply a template to an existing PowerPoint presentation, do the following:

1) Open your existing presentation in PowerPoint

2) Choose "Format>Apply Design Template" from the top Toolbar

3) A window will open up, and show you a number of different design templates you can apply. Note that Microsoft is pulling these templates from the folder mentioned above (C:/program files/microsoft office/templates), so if you did not download your templates to this folder, you won’t see them listed here. If you did download them someplace else (like your Desktop), use the folder icon above the list to navigate to the folder where you downloaded and filed your template(s).

4) Highlight the template you want to use, (you should see a thumbnail image of it to the right).

5) Click "Apply". This will apply the new template to your existing presentation, changing all of the color schemes throughout.

That's all there is to it! If you'd like to see these steps peformed in a short tutorial, click here.

How do I apply a template to a new presentation?
To apply a template to a new PowerPoint presentation, do the following:

1) With PowerPoint open, choose "File>New" from the top Toolbar.

2) Choose "Blank Presentation" from the list of choices given.

3) Choose the first box highlighted (this is a title slide).

4) Once the new blank presentation is open, choose "Format>Apply Design Template" from the top Toolbar.

5) A window will open up, and show you a number of different design templates you can apply. If you don't see the template name listed, use the folder icon above the list to navigate to the folder where you filed the PowerPoint template you want to use.

6) Highlight the template you want to use, (you should see a thumbnail image of it to the right).

7) Click "Apply" and all new slides you add will use the formatting associated with that template.

How do I print handouts?
For the purpose of making handouts, you may want to use a template that does not include as many graphics, with most of the page being a white background. To make this easier, all of our templates include a separate background image for printing that matches the original presentation templates.

To create a presentation with a Print Slide Background, do the following:

1) Open your existing presentation in PowerPoint.

2) Choose "File>Save As" from the top Toolbar and save the presentation as another file (e.g., Presentation_Print_Version).

3) In the new print version, choose "Format>Background" from the top Toolbar.

4) A “background fill” box will pop-up, showing a little picture of a graph. Below that little picture is a pull-down field. Click the pull-down arrow and select “Fill Effects”.

5) A “Fill Effects” box will pop-up with a series of tabs at the top. Click on the “Picture” tab at the top.

6) Click the “Select Picture” button and then navigate to where you downloaded the templates. When you find the template folder you want, choose the JPEG image and click the “Insert” button.

7) You will now see your picture within the “Picture” window of the Fill Effects box. To accept the image, click “OK” and you will be returned to the small “Background” box.

8) Finally, check the “Omit background graphics from master” at the bottom of the box and then click “Apply to all.”

Now, your entire presentation will be against a mostly white background, and you can alter the placement of text, graphs or images as you see fit.

How do I apply a background to a presentation?
You can apply any of our backgrounds to a PowerPoint presentation (new or existing) by following the same steps shown in the previous FAQ (how to create print handouts). To see a short tutorial on how to apply a background, click here

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