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Reuse (import) slides from another presentation

You can add one or more slides to your presentation from another, without having to open the other file.

(By default, a copied slide inherits the design of the slide you're inserting it after in the destination presentation. However, you can choose to keep the formatting of the slide you're copying instead.)

When you import a slide from one presentation to another, it is simply a copy of the original. Changes you make to the copy do not affect the original slide in the other presentation. 

  1. Open the presentation that you want to add a slide to.

  2. In the slide thumbnail pane on the left, click where you want to add a slide.

    The red horizontal line indicates where the new slide or slides will be inserted.
  3. On the Home tab of the ribbon, in the Slides group, click the arrow below New Slide, and then select Reuse Slides.

  4. In the Reuse Slides pane, click Open a PowerPoint File.

    Browse to locate a presentation
  5. In the Browse dialog box, locate and click the presentation file that contains the slide that you want, and then click Open.

  6. If you want the slide that you are adding to the destination presentation to maintain the formatting of the original presentation, select the Keep source formatting check box before you add the slide to the destination presentation. (When this check box is not selected, the copied slides inherit the styling of the slide they're inserted after.) Then, in the Reuse Slides pane, do one of the following:

    • To add a single slide, click the slide.

    • To add all of the slides, right-click any slide, and then select Insert All Slides.

      Select the "Keep Source Formatting" option if you want the inserted slides to maintain the styling used in the original presentation.
  1. Open an existing presentation or create a new presentation that you want to insert slides into.

  2. In Normal view, in the navigation pane, click the slide that you want to insert the other slides after.

  3. On the Home tab, under Slides, click the arrow next to New Slide, and then click Reuse Slides.

    The New Slide menu includes a Reuse Slides command.
  4. In the dialog box, find the presentation that you want to insert, and select it. Click OK.

    Copies of all the slides are inserted into your presentation. If you only need some of them, you can remove them by selecting them in the left pane and pressing the Delete key on your keyboard. (To select multiple slides for deletion, hold down The Command button on macOS.  as you click the slides. )

Note: In PowerPoint for the web, you can insert reused slides from other presentations only one at a time.

  1. Open the presentation that you want to insert slides to.

  1. In the slide thumbnail pane on the left, click the slide you want to add slide after.

  2. On the Home tab of the ribbon, in the Slides group, select Reuse Slides.

    Select Reuse slides

  3. In the Search pane that opens, locate and select the presentation file that contains the slides you want. A list of reusable slides appears.

    Search pane

  4. Hover over the slide you want and select Insert Slide to reuse it in your presentation. PowerPoint inserts the reused slide after the current slide. 

    Select Insert slide

Import slides from another presentation to the current one

  1. In the thumbnail pane on the left, select the slide after which you want to insert the imported slides.

  2. On the Home tab, select Reuse Slides.

    The Reuse Slides button

    The Reuse Slides pane opens on the right. Your recent presentations are shown.

  3. Select a presentation from the list to see the individual slides in it.

  4. Click a slide thumbnail to copy it into the current presentation.

    By default, an imported slide keeps the colors and formatting of the presentation it comes from.

  5. When you're done importing slides from the selected presentation, you can close the pane or search for other slides to import.

    The Reuse Slides pane has a Search box at the top

More details

  • A search box at the top of the Reuse Slides pane lets you search for any presentation, whether it's stored on your computer's hard drive or on SharePoint or OneDrive for work or school.

  • A Browse button under the search box lets you explore your folders for what you want.

  • By default, a slide you import keeps the formatting of the presentation it comes from. But three formatting options are available. When a slide is inserted, it appears in the thumbnail pane on the left and a (Ctrl) pop-up menu appears on the thumbnail. Click it to see three Paste options:



    The Use Destination Theme option

    Use Destination Theme

    The imported slide adopts the color scheme and styling of the current presentation.

    The Keep Source Formatting option

    Keep Source Formatting

    The imported slide keeps the color scheme and styling of the presentation it came from.

    The Picture option


    A picture of the source slide is inserted on the slide that is currently selected in the thumbnail pane on the left. The picture can be moved and resized as needed.

See Also

Copy and paste your slides

Use Slide Libraries to share and reuse PowerPoint slides

Add, rearrange, duplicate, and delete slides in PowerPoint

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