How to Insert PowerPoint Slides and Maintain Format

The CTRL+C and CTRL+V combination may be useful in some situations where the content is relatively simple to move. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for copying PowerPoint slides from one file into another.

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In order to copy or merge two PowerPoint files together, you need a special way that allows you to keep the formatting (style of the slide).

Luckily, the recent version of Microsoft PowerPoint lets you combine multiple documents into a single PPTX file. Check out the guide below!

How to insert slides from different PowerPoint file

Time Needed : 3 minutes

In this guide, you will learn how to import slides from one PowerPoint file into another while keeping its original formatting style. Prior to following the step by step process, make sure you are using the modern version of Microsoft PowerPoint to get the most relevant interface.

  1. Launch PowerPoint (file) and go to the Home tab.

  2. Click on New Slide > Reuse Slides…

  3. There will be a new panel on the right side, click Browse.

  4. Select the PowerPoint file where you want to put its slides into the current file, then click Open
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  5. Before importing the slides, make sure you check the Keep source formatting. In fact, this is the most important aspect of this guide.

  6. Click on the slides available to instantly import them individually.

  7. Finally, the slides are imported!

Tools
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
Materials
  • PowerPoint files

The templates you saw on the guide above are from the 5 Steps Pipe Process PowerPoint Template and Animated Stairs Process PowerPoint Template. You can download and use these templates for free!

Very easy, right? You can save the PowerPoint file once finished. The slides that imported into a different file are totally separated from the original file. Meaning you can modify the slides without affecting the parent file slides.

You are probably interested to lock the PowerPoint file to prevent unintentional changes. Check out the previous guide How to Make PowerPoint File Read-Only. It’s so useful and far more convenient than locking the file entirely.

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