Reusing your existing slides can be a great help: first you need not recreate stuff you already have and secondly you are saving so much time
that you can use more effectively to practice your presentation! Having said that, always start by
creating an outline of your presentation. This is important because it gives you an opportunity to plan your slides all over again. Thereafter, reuse any existing slides. PowerPoint provides a quick command that locates specific slides, and enables you to add it to the active presentation. While
this process works the same way in all versions of PowerPoint, there are small interface changes -- in this tutorial, we'll show you how to reuse
slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows:
- Within PowerPoint, open your existing presentation, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Presentation opened within PowerPoint 2016
Note: Copied slides will always be inserted after the selected slide in the active presentation.
- Select the slide after which you want to add new slides. Thereafter, access the Home tab of the
Ribbon, and click the lower half of the New Slide
button (highlighted in red within Figure 2) to bring up the drop-down menu that you see in
Figure 2 -- within the drop-down menu, select the Reuse Slides option (highlighted in
blue within Figure 2).
Figure 2: Reuse Slides option
- This will open the Reuse Slides Task Pane, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 3: Reuse Slides Task Pane
- Within the Reuse Slides Task Pane click the Browse button to bring up a contextual menu with two options, as
shown in Figure 4:
Figure 4: Browse button contextual menu
- Browse Slide Library lets you access slides from a Microsoft Office SharePoint Library. This option will only work if a Slide Library is set up for you. Do note that Slide Libraries are typically set up by large companies. If you are not sure about what happens in your company, ask your system administrator for help.
- Browse File brings up a dialog box that lets you locate the presentation on your computer. The rest of instructions on this page
assume you chose this option.
- Choose the Browse File option to bring up the Browse dialog box as shown in Figure 5.
Locate the presentation you want to use as a source to import slides, and click the Open button.
Figure 5: Browse dialog box
- The selected file will be opened within the Reuse Slides Task Pane displaying individual slide previews and their
corresponding slide titles that can be seen in Figure 6.
Figure 6: Slides in Reuse Slides Task Pane
Note: To retain the slide formatting of the original slide, make sure to select the Keep source formatting
check-box (highlighted in red within Figure 6, above). If you do not select this check-box, the
copied slide will take on the slide formatting using the design template of the new presentation.
- To add a slide, just click on it within the Task Pane. Otherwise, right-click on a slide and from the contextual menu that appears (see
Figure 7), choose an option -- these options are explained below:
Figure 7: Insert slide(s) options
In Figure 8, you can see that the selected slide has been added to the new presentation below the first slide.
- Insert Slide: This will insert the slide into the active presentation and the slide will use the Theme of the active
- Insert All Slides: This will insert all the slides into the active presentation and all the slides will use the Theme of
the active presentation.
- Apply Theme to All Slides: This option will apply the Theme of the selected slide to all the slides in the active
presentation. No actual slides are inserted.
- Apply Theme to Selected Slides: This option will apply the Theme of the selected slide to selected slides in the active
presentation. No actual slides are inserted.
Figure 8: Added slide
Save the presentation.
Additionally, you can also reuse older slides using the drag and drop process -- this is explained in our
Reuse Slides through Drag and Drop in PowerPoint
Reuse Slides in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Reuse Slides in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Reuse Slides in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Reuse Slides in PowerPoint 2008 for Mac
Reuse Slides in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Reuse Slides in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows
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PowerPoint 2016, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2007 and 2003 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 and 2011 for Mac
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