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Inserting a New Slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how you can insert a new slide in PowerPoint 2016.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher






Like many other tasks you do in PowerPoint, inserting a new slide can be done in multiple ways. You just need to find a way that works best for you -- the following steps show you how you can do this simple task in PowerPoint 2016:

  1. Launch PowerPoint 2016. Within the Presentation Gallery that shows up by default, select the Blank Presentation or any other template / Theme. This will create a new presentation with a single slide, as shown in Figure 1. Alternatively, just open any existing presentation, and proceed with the rest of this tutorial.

    New presentation in PowerPoint 2016
    Figure 1: New presentation in PowerPoint 2016

    Tip: If you want to learn more about the PowerPoint 2016 interface, see our PowerPoint 2016 interface tutorial.
  2. Hereafter, when you want to add new slides, access the Home tab of the Ribbon, and locate the New Slide button, as shown in Figure 2.

    New Slide button
    Figure 2: New Slide button

    If you click the top half of New Slide button (highlighted in red within Figure 2) you directly add a new slide within the presentation. You can also click the bottom half of New Slide button (highlighted in blue within Figure 2) to summon the Slide Layout drop-down gallery as shown in Figure 3. Then click any of the layouts available to insert a new slide based upon the chosen layout.

    Slide Layout drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: Slide Layout drop-down gallery
  3. Either way, you end up inserting a new slide within the Slides Pane which displays an orange perimeter as shown in Figure 4, and also can be seen in Slide Area.

    New slide inserted
    Figure 4: New slide inserted

    You can also insert new slides while you are in the Slides Pane. Right-click the empty area (or the empty area between two slides) in the Slides Pane to bring up the context menu as shown in Figure 5. From the context menu, choose the New Slide option to insert a new slide.

    New slide option
    Figure 5: New slide option

    Even easier, you can use the Ctrl+M keyboard shortcut to add new slides.

    Tip: Want more keyboard shortcuts? Get a copy of our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts Ebook.
  4. Thereafter, you can add titles, text, pictures, or any other slide objects within the new slides.
  5. Make sure you save your presentation.

See Also:

Inserting a New Slide in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Inserting a New Slide in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Inserting a New Slide in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Inserting a New Slide in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Inserting a New Slide in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 for Windows

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