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Reuse Slides in PowerPoint 2008 for Mac

Learn how to reuse slides in PowerPoint 2008 for Mac.

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: PowerPoint 2008
OS: Mac OS X

Date Created: October 19th 2010
Last Updated: October 19th 2010

Reusing slides that you already have is a good idea as long as you make sure you don't end up using outdated content! I always suggest you to first create and import an outline so that you have a structured presentation in place -- thereafter do use the option that lets you import slides to add more slides or even replace existing ones. Finally you can add any new slides that you need to create from scratch.

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, I'll show you how to reuse slides in PowerPoint 2008 for Mac:

  1. Within PowerPoint, open your existing presentation (see Figure 1).

    PowerPoint 2008
    Figure 1: PowerPoint 2008

    Note: Copied slides will always be inserted after the selected slide in the active presentation.

  2. Browse to the slide after which you want to import new slides. Then choose the Insert | Slides From | Other Presentation menu option (see Figure 2).

    Slides From Other Presentation
    Figure 2: Slides From Other Presentation

  3. This will open the Choose a File dialog box (see Figure 3). Locate the presentation file on your computer that contains the slide(s).

    Choose a File dialog box
    Figure 3: Choose a File dialog box

  4. You need to choose between options to Insert all Slides or Select slides to insert (see bottom left of Figure 3 above). Unless you want to insert all slides in the source presentation, It is advisable to choose the Select slides to insert option which enables you to preview the slides before inserting them. The rest of this tutorial assumes you chose that option -- click Insert in the dialog to proceed.

  5. The selected file will be opened in the Slide Finder dialog box displaying the slide previews and corresponding slide titles, as can be seen in Figure 4.

    Slides in Slide Finder dialog box
    Figure 4: Slides in Slide Finder dialog box

  6. Now you can select slide(s) to insert (see Figure 5) and click the Insert button. Alternatively, if you want to insert all the slides in the presentation, click the Insert All button.

    Insert slides
    Figure 5: Insert slides

    Note: To retain the slide formatting of the original slide, make sure to check the box beside the option Keep source formatting located at the bottom left of the Slide Finder dialog box (highlighted in red, refer to Figure 5 above). If you do not check the Keep source formatting box, the copied slide will take on the slide formatting using the design template of the new presentation.

  7. The selected slides are added to the new presentation, as shown in Figure 6.

    Added slides
    Figure 6: Added slides

  8. Save the presentation.

See Also:

Reuse Slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
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 2007 for Windows
Reuse Slides in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows


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