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Creating New Slides: Three Ways in PowerPoint for Windows

Learn to create new slides in three different ways.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint (All versions)
OS: Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X

Typically, there are three ways in which slides can be added to your PowerPoint presentation -- and for any given presentation you can use either one of these ways, or all three!

Here are these three ways (see Figure 1):

  1. Add new slides
  2. Import and reuse existing slides
  3. Import a structured outline

3 Ways To Create Slides
Figure 1: 3 ways to create slides

If you see Figure 1, you'll notice that I have represented these three ways by using overlapping circles -- that means you don't have to use just one way. You can combine whatever approach works best for you. Taking this further, we changed the overlapping circles to subsequent circles, as shown in Figure 2, below.

3 ways to create slides in a sequential approach
Figure 2: 3 ways to create slides in a sequential approach

This indicates that you should explore using a sequential approach, as explained in the following process:

  1. First create a structured outline so that your content has a sequential flow.
  2. Then import any existing slides you want to reuse -- these could be slides from your own presentation, or those from presentations of colleagues and friends (as long as you have their permission).
  3. Finally add any missing slides directly within your presentation. During this step, you can also add any charts or tables you want to add -- or maybe you want to convert some bulleted slides into SmartArt graphics. Pictures too can help your presentation look great if they are relevant to the subject of your presentation.

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Have your ever used keyboard shortcuts and sequences in PowerPoint? Or are you a complete keyboard aficionado? Do you want to learn about some new shortcuts? Or do you want to know if your favorite keyboard shortcuts are documented?

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