How To Import Slides From Other PowerPoint Presentations
There a times when you don’t want to build a PowerPoint presentation from scratch, there is no need. Somewhere in the organisation or in your hard drive some of the ideas you are looking for have been recreated and perhaps done well. So why reinvent the wheel. Let’s steel.
OK, let’s look at the techniques we could use to achieve this.
Go and find a PowerPoint presentation by opening your hard drive and looking through folders and subfolders until you find it. Then simply copy and paste to your new PowerPoint…. That works.
That’s fine but remember this is an action you do all the time and you probably tend to steel from the same PowerPoint too.
Reuse Slides From Other PowerPoint Presentations
Ensure you are in the PowerPoint you are building press the down arrow under New Slide command. All the way at the bottom you will find Reuse Slides. If you have the latest version, you may even have this command right next to New Slide command.
A panel appears on the right-hand side. Press the command for browse. Find a PowerPoint presentation you would like to OK, borrow some slides from.
This feature has been updated so it will work a little different depending on the version and if it’s been updated. Remember using Office 365 subscription as Microsoft makes improvements to its product you now get them instantly. The push is to start using the cloud this means – OneDrive and SharePoint.
Displayed on the right-hand side you will see recommended PowerPoint files. Microsoft has decided since you keep your files in the cloud in OneDrive that’s were your work is. It’s going through your OneDrive and listing all your PowerPoint presentations here. This could be good and a nightmare because you have 100’s of PowerPoint presentations.
Finding Your PowerPoint Presentations
The next thing is finding the PowerPoint you want. Use the Search bar at the top. It will search not your hard drive, remember you probably have more than one hard drive C: Z: H: …… but your OneDrive and SharePoint. There is no “OK” command button you simply press enter as you would search in Google.
In the older version of this Reuse Slides you could accumulate a list of your favourite PowerPoint presentations, now you will search for them but it’s not searching your hard drive for that you will need to press the Browse command each time. A little painful but if you notice here the trick is Microsoft is pushing for everyone to use OneDrive and SharePoint so if you comply then your life will be easier as you will use the search bar.
Keeping Focus When Working On Large PowerPoint Presentations
Working with PowerPoint presentations that are over 20 slides and if you constantly scan through headings to see if you have your slides or deck as some people like to call them in the right order I have a great tool for you. This feature and concept are also available in Microsoft Word.
Outline View click on the view tab and select Outline view. Here you will see only the title place holder text. You can re arrange the slide by simply clicking and dragging by the slide title. If you have the need to delete several sides at a time. This can be done from within Outline view.
Click on the First Title Slide Hold Shift Click on the last slide. Then press Delete.