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How to Combine PowerPoint Presentation Files in 60 Seconds

This post is part of a series called How to Use PowerPoint in 60 Seconds (Quick Video Tutorials).
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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.

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1. Choose the Presentation Files to Merge

First, open File Explorer and find the presentations that you want to combine. 

Click a file name
Click a presentation file name to open it.

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.

Select PowerPoint Slides to be merged
Select the PowerPoint slides you want to merge into the second presentation.

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.

Use Destination Theme option
Click the Use Destination Theme option to choose it.

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.

Keep Source Formatting option

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.

Finishing Up!

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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