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Where Are Custom Office Themes and Templates Saved?

Find locations where your custom Office Themes and templates are saved in various PowerPoint versions.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint

OS: Windows and Mac OS X






Have you wondered where the Themes and templates you save from within PowerPoint or other Office applications are located? Remember that your custom Themes and templates location is different than the location where PowerPoint’s built-in Office Themes are saved.

The location for these Themes and templates is important because you may want to share these with colleagues, clients, friends, or family. If you know where you can find these Themes and templates, you can make sure that they are copied to corresponding folders on other computers. And if you are a template designer or even a sysadmin at a large company, this information can be invaluable.

When you save a Theme or template within PowerPoint, you will automatically be prompted to save in the designated folder. These same designed locations are only provided here.

Office 2016, 2013, 2010, and 2007 on Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista

The location is C:\Users< Username >\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Document Themes, as shown in Figure 1, below.

Location of Themes in recent versions of PowerPoint on Windows
Figure 1: Location of Themes in recent versions of PowerPoint on Windows

Office 2010 or 2007 on Windows XP

The location is C:\Documents and Settings< Username >\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates\Document Themes, as shown in Figure 2, below.

Location of Themes in versions of PowerPoint on Windows XP
Figure 2: Location of Themes in versions of PowerPoint on Windows XP

Office 2016, 2011 or 2008 on Mac OS X

Although you can designate a My Themes folder in Office versions of the Mac, there is a default location that’s used if no designated location is created. This location is Macintosh HD:Users< Username >:Library:Group Containers:UBF8T346G9.Office:User Content:Themes, and it is very difficult to manually go to this location using the Finder. To access this location, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Opt/Alt key on your keyboard as you access OS X’s Go menu, and you will magically see an extra option in the menu called Library, as shown in Figure 3, below. Choose this option.

    Press the Opt/Alt key when you access the Go menu
    Figure 3: Press the Opt/Alt key when you access the Go menu
  2. Now navigate to the Macintosh HD:Users< Username >:Library:Group Containers:UBF8T346G9.Office:User Content:Themes folder, as shown in Figure 4, below.

    Location of Themes in versions of PowerPoint on Mac OS X
    Figure 4: Location of Themes in versions of PowerPoint on Mac OS X

Note: Substitute < Username > with a folder typically named after the user. Most of the time, this could be your name. The paths mentioned assume that you installed to your C drive (on Windows) or the Macintosh HD drive (on Mac OS X). If you installed to another drive, you will substitute the drive in your path. Also, you may have changed the name of your Microsoft Office folder to Microsoft Office 2016 or a similar name for other versions of Microsoft Office. In that case, your paths may differ on account of different folder names.

In addition to Themes (THMX files), you can also save POTX (PowerPoint templates) in some locations so that they show up as options, based on which you can create new presentations in PowerPoint.

Office 2010 or 2007 on Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista

C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates

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