Haven’t you seen the Themes that PowerPoint shows you when you want to create a new presentation? Where are those Themes located? Many times,you want to know why this information as easily accessible as it should have been. Luckily, we will try and solve this problem in thisarticle.

/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/My Templates. The default user template path on Word 2016 is: /Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/User Content/Templates. By default the Library folder is hidden. To show the Library folder in Finder, click View Show View Options and enable Show Library Folder. Mac View Options. C: Users UserName Documents Custom Office Templates. It may also be a completely different location since it can be set by the user in the backstage under File / Options / Save as shown below (for PowerPoint 2016) How users can set the default template. Setting the default template requires two things: The right file name: default.potx. This is not true perhaps in the 2011 version of Mac Office that is where they were, but if you do a CLEAN INSTAL of Office 2016 they are in: Library Group Containers UFB8T346G9.Office User Content Templates. What an incredibly insane place to put them.

We will look at where the built-in Themes are located. If you want to find the location where your custom Themes and templates are saved,explore our Where Are Custom Office Themes and Templates Saved? page.

This download includes the Group Policy Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML). These files are used by Group Policy to configure installations of Microsoft 365 products, such as Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, and volume licensed versions of Office 2019 and Office 2016. According to this page, and confirmed by experiment, the path has changed for Office 2016. It is now /Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/User Content/Templates. (This is what you see in the Finder: if you use Terminal the last two directories have '.localized' appended to their name, which Finder evidently suppresses).

Where Are Built-in Office Themes Located?

Depending upon where you installed Microsoft Office, the built-in Themes may be located in one of the subfolders. By default, thistranslates to these folder locations:

Office 365 on Windows 10

Office 2019 on Windows 10

Office 2016 on Windows 10, 8, and 7

Multiple locations may contain the Themes installed with the program:

  • C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeRootDocument Themes 16
  • C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeDocument Themes 16
  • C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeRootDocument Themes 16
  • C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeDocument Themes 16
  • C:Users˂Username˃AppDataRoaming MicrosoftTemplatesLiveContent 16ManagedDocument Themes˂LocaleID˃
  • C:Users˂Username˃AppDataRoaming MicrosoftTemplatesLiveContent 16UserDocument Themes˂LocaleID˃
  • C:Users˂Username˃AppDataRoaming MicrosoftTemplatesLiveContent 16ManagedDocument Themes˂LocaleID˃

Office 2016 on Mac OS X

Funnily enough, you cannot find any Themes anywhere within an Office 2016 installation. Follow these steps to access the Themes:

  1. Access the Macintosh HD:Applications folder. Locate the Microsoft PowerPoint icon, as shown inFigure 1, below.

  2. Figure 1: Microsoft PowerPoint icon
  3. Now Ctrl+click (or right-click) this icon, and choose the Show Package Contents option in the resultant menu, asshown in Figure 2, below.

  4. Figure 2: Show Package Contents
  5. You will now see the innards of the PowerPoint application! Browse to the Contents:Resources:Office Themes folder, where you will find all the Themes you have been looking for (see Figure 3 below).

  6. Figure 3: Office Themes folder

Office 2013 on Windows 10, 8, and 7

Multiple locations may contain the Themes installed with the program:

  • C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeRootDocument Themes 15
  • C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeDocument Themes 15
  • C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeRootDocument Themes 15
  • C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeDocument Themes 15
  • C:Users˂Username˃AppDataRoaming MicrosoftTemplatesLiveContent 15UserDocument Themes˂LocaleID˃
  • C:Users˂Username˃AppDataRoaming MicrosoftTemplatesLiveContent ManagedDocument Themes˂LocaleID˃
  • C:Users˂Username˃AppDataRoaming MicrosoftTemplatesLiveContent 15ManagedDocument Themes˂LocaleID˃

Office 2011 on Mac OS X

Macintosh HD:Applications:Microsoft Office:Office:Media:Templates:Office Themes

Office 2010 on Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP

C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeDocument Themes 14

Office 2008 on Mac OS X

Macintosh HD:Applications:Microsoft Office:Office:Media:Templates:Office Themes

Office 2007 on Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP

C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeDocument Themes 12

Note: These paths assume that you installed to your C drive (on Windows) or the Macintosh HD drive (on Mac OS X). If youinstalled to another drive, you will substitute the drive in your path. Also, you may have changed the name of your Microsoft Office folder toMicrosoft Office 2016 or a similar name for other versions of Microsoft Office. In that case, your paths may differ on account of different foldernames.

Related Links:Where Are Custom Office Themes andTemplates Saved? Which Themes are Installed within OfficeVersions?

Have you ever wondered how to change the default template that’s used to create the blank presentation as you open PowerPoint?

It’s a fairly well hidden feature of PowerPoint that when it starts, it looks for a file called blank.potx. This filename cannot be altered and is fixed by PowerPoint and until recently, I thought the location of the file couldn’t be changed either. But that assumption changed during a conversation with John Korchock on the Microsoft’s Answers forum.

Before I continue, if you don’t know how to change the default template, take a look at this article from Steve Rindsberg which provides instructions for many different versions of PowerPoint.

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The mysterious default location

For years, I was under the impression that the default location was hard coded in PowerPoint as follows:


The %AppData% part is an alias which when entered into the address bar of Windows File Explorer will map to your specific user data folder as in this example:


Don’t get this location confused with Custom User Templates. From PowerPoint 2013, the location that templates get saved to when you create and save them as .potx files changed to:

C:UsersUserNameDocumentsCustom Office Templates

If you have templates there, they will be available in the backstage of PowerPoint when you click File / New under a tab named CUSTOM or PERSONAL (depending on the configuration of your Office installation). Saving your blank.potx file in this folder won’t get picked up by PowerPoint. Not by default anyway, but it could! Read on…

Here is the part I never knew

Microsoft PowerPoint can be used to change the location for the Custom User Templates by clicking File / Options / Save but it can’t be used to change the location that PowerPoint looks for the blank.potx file:

It’s not PowerPoint but Microsoft Word that sets the location for the blank.potx file (and Excel templates)! Now why didn’t I think of using Word to change a PowerPoint feature? Here’s how you can change it:

  1. Open Word
  2. Click File / Options / Advanced
  3. Scroll down to the General section
  4. Click File Locations
  5. Select User Templates
  6. Click Modify and set the desired path

Now when you open PowerPoint, it will look in this modified location for the blank.potx file. You might want to set this to the same location as your Custom User Templates or a different location.

So, if you’re having trouble setting the blank.potx file, open up Word and check to see if the user (or IT department) hasn’t changed this setting in Word, unaware that it affects the behaviour of PowerPoint (and Excel) too!

Geek Corner

If you need to know what’s going on under the hood, then this section’s for you but note, modifying the Windows Registry is a dangerous business and can completely render your PC inoperable. Proceed with caution!

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When you use Word 2016 to modify the User Templates location, it creates a new registry key here:

Office 2016 Mac Template Location


By default, this key doesn’t exist (part of the reason I never found it when searching for it in the past). And, if you set the location back to the default path, the key is deleted.

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You can therefore change the default location outside of Office using the RegEdit.exe tool or by running specially crafted .reg files. But since we at YOUpresent create custom add-ins for PowerPoint, we’ll be adding a feature to check and modify this location in our latest product called YOUtools. It has over 50 handy tools that you and your design studio colleagues will wonder how you ever lived without them.

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