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

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

First, go ahead and open the PowerPoint presentation that you’re working on—the one into which you want to import slides. Next, select the correct location on your presentation where you’d like your imported slide to appear. For example, if you want the imported slide to appear as slide number three, you’ll need to click the space between the existing slides two and three.

Insert a Slide between two slides

Next, switch to the “Home” tab and click the arrow under the “New Slide” button.

Insert New Slide

On the drop-down menu that appears, click the “Reuse Slides” command.

Reuse Slides

The Reuse Slides pane opens at the right side of your window. This is where you can browse your computer (or network) for another PowerPoint presentation. Do so by selecting either the “Browse” button or the “Open a PowerPoint File” link and navigating to the presentation that has the slides you want to import.

Browse other presentations

After selecting the file, you’ll see all of the slides from that presentation appear in Reuse Slides pane. Click any slide to insert it into your new presentation. You can’t select multiple slides at once to import; you’ll have to click them one at a time.

Importing a Slide

When you import a slide, it automatically takes on the theme of the current presentation. You can, however, choose to keep the original theme of the slide or even apply that theme to all of the slides by right-clicking 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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Marshall is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer based in Tokyo, Japan, runs VGKAMI and ITEnterpriser, and spends what little free time he has learning Japanese.
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