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How to Copy and Paste Slides into PowerPoint in 60 Seconds

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This post is part of a series called How to Use PowerPoint in 60 Seconds (Quick Video Tutorials).
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Frequently, I'll reuse slides for presentations or talks that I give, and it's helpful to be able to copy and paste slides from one PowerPoint presentation to another. Let's look at how to do just that. 

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Note: In this tutorial we use the Simplicity PowerPoint Template as well as the popular Marketofy PPT Theme. You can find more great PowerPoint templates on GraphicRiver.

How to Copy and Paste PowerPoint Slides (Quickly)

 

Note: Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps that compliment this video.

1. Select and Then Copy Your Target PowerPoint Slide

I'm working in two presentations here and I wanna copy a slide to paste into another one. I'm working in Normal View. Now I'm going to click on a slide here on the left side. I'll right click on the slide at hand and choose Copy from the menu. 

Copy your target PowerPoint slide
Copy your target PowerPoint slide.

2. Now Paste Your Slide With: Use Destination Theme

Now I'm going to switch over to another presentation, on the left side I'm going to Right-click, and you can see a couple of options here under the paste options. Let's try out the first one, which is Use Destination Theme:

Paste your PPT slide with to match your theme design
Paste your PowerPoint slide with to match your new presentation's theme design.

What this does is, it takes the content from our other slide but it adapts to the theme in the current presentation, so that it fits right in. 

3. Or, Paste Your Slide With: Keep Source Formatting

Now let's try the other option. Let's Right-click again and this time, choose the second option, which is called Keep Source Formatting:

Paste your PowerPoint slide with its current formatting
Paste your PowerPoint slide with its current formatting into your target presentation.

Notice this time that it brought both the theme and the content, so it's exactly the same as the source file. 

Finishing Up!

Both of these options help you get your slides copied between presentations. It's just a question of which style you wanna keep.

More Great PowerPoint Slide Tutorials

Here are more PowerPoint slide tutorials to help take your presentation knowledge a step further: 

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