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How-to Guide: Copy Slides From One PowerPoint to Another

Apr 28, 2022
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Have you ever heard someone at work or college say, "Oh, just click the duplicate slide option; it will save you so much time"?

At first, you might think that using a copied slide almost feels like you are cheating, but in actual fact, it is a brilliant tactic to use that will save you time and effort on your presentations and help you focus on other aspects of your presentation.

In this article, we will show you how to reuse slides effectively, how to get the most out of a copied slide, how to select slides to copy, different paste options, and so much more.

If you are interested in learning how to copy and paste from one presentation to another, this is the how-to guide for you.

Don't worry; this guide is perfect for copying slides on Mac or a computer, so you can copy the slide you want, no matter what platform you are using.

Let's dive right in!

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a great Microsoft PowerPoint presentation?

Making great PowerPoint presentations can seem daunting when you are staring at a blank area on your slides pane. Don't fear. With a Simple Slides PowerPoint presentation template, you can easily create PowerPoint masterpieces, from one presentation on a particular topic to a presentation on a completely different topic!

Where can I find multiple slides that use the same theme?

Right here! Simple Slides have made it easier than ever with stunning themed PowerPoint templates, where all the slides match each other, so you can insert slides, reuse slides, or insert images that perfectly match each other and help create a professional presentation.

Where can I get great PowerPoint presentation templates?

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Why Copy a Slide From One PowerPoint Presentation to Another

Save time

One of the best benefits when you copy slides is how much time it takes. Rather than taking time to copy a slide by drawing the textboxes and rewriting the content, it is much quicker to duplicate a slide from the original slide and paste it into the destination presentation.

Think about it; whether you rewrite a slide or copy a slide, the results will be the same. The copied slide will still look the same, but it is much quicker to duplicate slides than copy slides.

The best part? You can save even more time when you select multiple slides and paste them into your new presentation.

Maintain the same theme

If you want your destination presentation to have the same theme as your original presentation, copying slides is a great way to do this.

To make sure your destination theme matches your original presentation, copy slides over and then alter the content from there.

Keeping the theme relevant to your destination presentation is easier if you copy slides across both PowerPoint presentations.

Stick to what you know

If you have built a beautiful presentation, why try to go through that process again with a new presentation? Stick to what you know, and use your original presentation theme that you know is high quality, copying slides from one presentation to the other presentation.

As long as the same presentation theme is relevant for your second presentation, copying the slides from one presentation to another will save you a lot of time and effort trying to create new slides from scratch.

How to Copy a Slide From A Presentation to Another

  1. Select View, then click Presentation Views group, and Normal.

  2. From the slide thumbnail on the left-hand side, select the slide you want to copy:

    • To choose multiple slides, select the first slide, hold SHIFT, and then select the final slide you want. If you don't like that mother, you can select the first slide, hold SHIFT and click the CURSOR DOWN button all the way to your final slide.

    • To choose multiple slides that are not in order, press CTRL, then click on every slide you want.

  1. Next, right-click the chosen slides and hit copy.

  2. Right-click the thumbnail you would like your copied slides to go after in your other presentation, and from the Paste Options, complete one of these options:

    • To keep the theme of the presentation you have copied from, select Keep Source Formatting.

    • To adopt the theme of the destination presentation, select Use Destination Theme. This option will ensure your copied slide matches the destination theme.

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