How to Reuse or Import Slides from Another PowerPoint Presentation

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We often find ourselves creating the same sets of slides for different presentations – weekly presentations for corporate meetings, for example. Using slides from another PowerPoint presentation is a great way to save time and effort while giving your presentation the professional appeal it needs.

Importing slides can save you a lot of time. Not only does it keep all the animations and other settings when it is imported, but you can also have the imported slide adopt the theme of the presentation you are working on.

Start by opening the PowerPoint presentation you are working on, the one into which you want to import slides. Then select the correct location on your presentation where you want your imported slide to appear. For example, if you want the imported slide to appear as slide number three, you will need to click on the space between the existing slides two and three.

Insert a slide between two slides

Then go to the "Home" tab and click on the arrow under the "New Slide" button.

Insert a new slide

In the drop-down menu that appears, click on the "Reuse slides" command.

Reuse slides

The Reuse Slides pane opens on the right side of your window. This is where you can browse your computer (or network) for another PowerPoint presentation. To do this, select the "Browse" button or the "Open PowerPoint file" link and navigate to the presentation containing the slides that you want to import.

Browse other presentations

After selecting the file, you will see all the slides in this presentation appear in the Reuse Slides pane. Click on a slide to insert it into your new presentation. You cannot select multiple slides at once to import; you will have to click on it one by one.

Import a slide

When you import a slide, it automatically picks up the theme of the current presentation. You can however choose to keep the original theme of the slide or even apply this theme to all slides by right clicking on one of the slides in the "Reuse Slide" pane and selecting "Apply theme to selected slides" or "Apply theme to all slides", respectively.

Applying themes to slides

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