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 them 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
- 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.
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
- 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
- This will insert the slide into the active presentation and the slide will use the Theme of the active presentation.
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.
- In Figure 8, you can see that the selected slide has been added to the new presentation below the first slide.
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 2016 tutorial.
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