Sometimes, you'll need to put together multiple PowerPoint presentations in one file. In this short tutorial and video you'll learn how to merge PowerPoint presentations.
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Note: In this tutorial we use the X Note Template. You can get great PPT presentation templates from Envato Elements or in our Ultimate Guide to the Best Microsoft PowerPoint Templates.
How to Combine PowerPoint Presentation Files Quickly
Note: Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below that complement this video.
1. Choose the Presentation Files to Merge
First, open File Explorer and find the presentations that you want to combine.
Decide which presentations you want to merge together. These are the presentations with slides that you want to pick up and move to another file. Click on each file name to open those presentations.
2. Add the Slides to Be Merged
Once the presentations are open, you're ready to select the slides to be combined.
Click on the first slide, then hold down Shift and click on the last slide. Now, press Ctrl+C on your keyboard to copy those slides.
3. Set the Theme for the Combined PowerPoint Presentation
Switch over to the presentation file that you want to add the slides to, and right-click in the side bar. There are two options that I want you to check out for merging presentations.
The first option is the Use Destination Theme. Go ahead and choose it. This option makes the slides that we're pasting match the theme of the presentation that we're pasting them into. This is usually a good option, so that the merged slides fit right in.
To use the second option, right-click to choose the second thumbnail.
Select the Keep Source Formatting option. This option takes the slides and uses the same theme used in the source document, or basically, the original theme.
There's a variety of ways you can merge presentations together, but this is my favorite way to do it quickly.
You've just learned how to combine PowerPoint presentations. It's useful to merge PowerPoint files if the first presentation contains information you want to include in the second.
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