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Inserting a New Slide in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to insert a new slide in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

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 2013:

  1. Launch PowerPoint 2013. 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.
  2. The PowerPoint 2013 interface
    Figure 1: The PowerPoint 2013 interface
  3. Tip: If you want to learn more about the PowerPoint 2013 interface, see our PowerPoint 2013 interface tutorial.
  4. 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.
  5. New Slide button
    Figure 2: New Slide button
  6. 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 choosen layout.
  7. Slide Layout drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: Slide Layout drop-down gallery
  8. Either way, this inserts 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.
  9. New slide inserted
    Figure 4: New slide inserted
  10. 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.
  11. New slide option
    Figure 5: New slide option
  12. Even easier, you can use the Ctrl+M keyboard shortcut key to add new slides.
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  14. Thereafter, you can add titles, text, pictures, or any other slide objects within the new slides.
  15. Make sure you save your presentation.

See Also:

Inserting a New Slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Inserting a New Slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
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 2003 and 2002 for Windows
Inserting a New Slide in PowerPoint Online

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