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Reusing Slides in PowerPoint

Top 25 Instructor Ruth Romano shares her tips for reusing slides in PowerPoint

Reusing Slides in PowerPoint

If you ever find yourself copying slides from another Power Point Presentation and pasting them into the one you are currently working on, you may feel like it requires delicate navigation skills. Many times, I ended up copying or pasting the wrong slide(s). however, there is a Reuse Slides feature in PowerPoint. This easily fixes the problem of trying to navigate around multiple windows and avoiding a click in the wrong place.

First, make sure you have the file you want to add the slides to open. Navigate to the Home tab > Slides Group. Select the button for New Slide. The very last option from this menu is Reuse Slides. This will then open up a Reuse Slides pane on the right side of your screen. You can then browse to select the file that has the slides you want to copy or reuse in the other file.

In the Reuse Slides pane, you can right-click on one of the slide thumbnails and choose to insert that one slide or all slides. Take note that whichever slide of the original file you opened was last selected is where it will be inserted. Of course, you can always rearrange the slides later. You also have the option to keep source formatting or not. 

So, let's refer to the file you are inserting from as the source and the file you are inserting to as the destination. By default, when you insert a slide, it will automatically change the formatting to the destination file's formatting. This could end up changing any of the formatting (font, font size, colors, etc.). However, if you wish to keep the slides formatted as they originally were in the source file, you can check the box to Keep Source Formatting and it will not change the look of the slides you insert/reuse.

The Reuse Slides feature can be very helpful when you are needing to reuse slides from other presentations and can save you time!

Ruth Romano is an award winning Applications Instructor for New Horizons Anaheim. Ruth's experience with Microsoft Office spans over multiple generations of Windows and Office. Her teaching and management experience provides many real world examples in classes, especially Business Skills. Ruth's favorite part of teaching is engaging her students with practical applications of the material so the "real world" connection is made. Her goal in the classroom is to make her students more proficient and efficient, no matter what the class is. Ruth is a certified Microsoft Office Specialist Master. She is one of the Top 25 Instructors Worldwide

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