Import Outlines in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Learn how to import outlines in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Creating outlines for PowerPoint in various external applications lets you stay away from distractions in PowerPoint-land and concentrate on the structure of your slides rather than their appearance. Once you have the outline created, it's very easy to import it in the form of slides into PowerPoint. While this import process works the same way in all versions of PowerPoint, there are small interface changes -- in this tutorial, we'll show you how to import outlines in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows:
- Launch PowerPoint (see Figure 1) -- note that the program
typically starts with an empty slide.
Figure 1: PowerPoint 2013 Interface
- Access the Home tab of the Ribbon, and click the lower part of the New Slide button (highlighted in red within Figure 2).
Figure 2: New Slide button
- This brings up the New Slide drop-down gallery shown in Figure 3, below. Within this gallery, select the Slides from Outline option,
as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.
Figure 3: Slides from Outline option to be selected
- This will open the Insert Outline dialog box that you can see in Figure
4. Navigate to select
the outline file you need, and click on the Insert button.
Figure 4: Insert Outline dialog box
Note: The outlines that PowerPoint imports can be text files, Word documents, or RTF documents -- older versions of WordPerfect may also be supported.
- This will import the outlines into PowerPoint as slides (see Figure
5). Do note that
this process only adds slides to an existing presentation, and does not
replace any existing slides (you can still see the empty, first slide
Figure 5: PowerPoint presentation after importing slides from outline
Tip: In this example, we imported an outline created in Word 2013 -- note that the text format of all the outline content imported still uses the Word formatting (see the blue text in Figure 5, above). To change the text to follow the formatting specified in your PowerPoint template or Theme, access Slide Sorter view and select all slides (press the Ctrl + A keyboard shortcut), and click the Reset button found on the Home tab of the Ribbon.
- In Figure 6, you can see that all the text from the outline
can be seen in the Outline
view. This same text also shows up in slides as text placeholders
Placeholders vs. Text Boxes).
Figure 6: Outline view
- Save the presentation.
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