Combine Slides from Multiple PowerPoint Templates

We’ve had questions about the possibility of combining several of our templates into one presentation.  Essentially, how do you mix and match slides from different animated templates?

It’s actually very easy to do if you are using PowerPoint 2007 or newer.  I’ve put together a video tutorial about how to use the “Reuse Slides” function in PowerPoint 2010 and PowerPoint 2007 to combine slides from various templates.



Click Play to watch Video Tutorial

Note For Combining Several Animated Templates Together.

Remember that the more animated templates you combine the larger your presentation will become.  A number of video files will make your presentation quite bulky.  This could be a problem if you are distributing the completed presentation.

Please leave a comment if you find this tutorial helpful or have any questions.

You can download the templates used in this video here.

Mac PowerPoint 2008 and 2011 instructions.

In Mac PowerPoint, inserting slides from other presentations or templates work pretty much the same way but the command is labeled differently.  The function is located under the “Insert” menu.  Look for Insert/Slides From/Other Presentations.  See screen shot below:

Insert slide from other presentation Mac PowerPoint

Insert Slides from other presentations in Mac PowerPoint 2008 and 2011

In the slide finder, be sure to check “Keep Design of Original Slide” to retain the formatting, animations and other graphic elements.  Otherwise PowerPoint will only copy the text and not slides design.

Insert Slides from other Presentations

Check Keep Design of Original Slides

  • Thank you this was an awesome tip and it worked perfectly!

    • Art Holden

      Great Alice! I’m so glad it helped you.

      Best,

      Art Holden
      PresenterMedia

      • Les

        Art,
        I have tried to do this but when I insert a slide from a second presentation, the background is still from the FIRST presentation. Help?

        • Les:

          I’m so sorry that you’re experiencing difficulty. Did you remember to click “Keep Source Formatting” on the Insert Slide Pane?

          • Les

            i can’t find that as an option. I have Microsoft 2007

          • Les

            Wait, i found it! Thank you so much!!!!!

    • mcgavel

      Dude, thanks for making this video…It’s gonna make my presentation sooo much better. Keep up the good work and have fun, peace.

    • This rocks!!!

    • Jan Buscop

      Thank you for your good explanation!

  • David

    Excellent tip. Thank you for training and art work. Please keep it up.

    David

  • This was EXCELLENT and very helpful!!!!! Thank you for taking the time out to do this.

  • Muhammad

    Art :

    Thanks for the tutorial. I am so excited to get started. The slides look fabulous.

    Thanks

    Muhammad

    • Art Holden

      Thanks Muhammad, it was nice to talk to you on the phone as well. Best wishes on your presentation.

  • Stacey Gantt

    Thanks so much for everything you guys and gals do. You guys make me look so darn good at meetings with your creations…no joke.

    • Art Holden

      Hi Stacey, Thank you for the nice comment. We sure do appreciate you as a subscriber as well.

      Art Holden
      PresenterMedia

  • stephanie

    this just saved my life at work; thanks!

  • Free Man

    Very helpful. Nice job.. Thanks for sharing

  • Thanks for the nice tutorial. There is so much to learn on Powerpoint. Keep them coming!

  • Mark B

    Hi,
    Struggled with no sound on viewing the video – any thoughts?

    Thanks

    • Art Holden

      Hi Mark, The tutorial video is published using Flash, perhaps you need to update your Flash player?

      Art Holden
      PresenterMedia

  • frank

    thanks. Im so thankful for this. I was like putting my hair out trying to find out how to do this. the video is pretty useful.

  • Lesley

    Thanks for this very useful – I am a PhD student and new to presenting at conferences – I have one coming up in a couple of weeks and am basing my presentation on several of your slides. I would like some pictures of buildings (not houses) as I am talking about offices – not sure if this would be a popular enough idea for you guys to take the time though?
    Thanks again.

  • Jennifer

    I clicked on the video tutorial but, the video wasn’t working. 🙁
    any thoughts?? Thank you Art!!

    • Art Holden

      Hi Jennifer, we had a couple of other people comment about this tutorial not playing right, so I rebuilt it and replaced the old video. Does it play for you now?

      Art Holden
      PresenterMedia

  • Jennifer

    No! there are no images just a bunch of colorful lines…. it looks like the images are trying really hard to be able to display… 🙁

    • Art Holden

      Jennifer, Possibly your Flash player needs to be updated?

      Art

  • You’re a lifesaver! Thank you for this easy tip on combining multiple 2010 PowerPoint presentations into one.

  • Maria

    Thanks for such a quick and easy tutorial. Wish I had discovered this years ago, it would have saved me hundreds of times! It worked perfectly!!

  • Dalia !

    woooow ,, great tip , I was wondering how to do that

    still learning new things in ppt

    you’re the best ^^

    thank you

  • Tom

    Is it possible to Combine Slides from Multiple PowerPoint Templates while using powerpoint 2003??

    • Art Holden

      Hello Tom, Yes you can combine slides in PowerPoint 2003. Under the Insert tab, choose “Insert Slides From Files”. Browse to the template or presentation you want to add a slide from. Be sure to check the box “Keep Source Formatting” in order to copy the entire slide design and not just the info on the slide.

      With our animated templates and PowerPoint 2003, you’ll also need to be sure you are copying the video files into the same directory as your presentation, if you are combining animated templates together.

      Hope this helps.

      Art Holden
      PresenterMedia

  • Julia Keegan

    Great tutorial for combinig slides from presentations. Gives so much more versatility.

  • Rachel Thomason

    I needed to combine non-animated slides from different presentations while still keeping the backgrounds/elements that students chose to represent themselves. This made my job SO very easy. Thank you very much for this! You are also very easy to listen to – that can’t be said for all oral presenters. Keep up the great work!

  • So appreciate how quick and easy this was. Thank you much.

  • Alyn

    Thanks, you rock

  • Bob Rhoades

    You guys are doing a fantastic job and I’ve used tons of the graphics and PPT presentations. I still need a couple more firefighter images. If you need suggestions, I’d be happy to make some.

    Thanks again for this wonderful site.

  • Hi,

    Is this tip available for openoffice? I have a lot of powerpoint templates. Thank you in advance.

    Regards,
    James

    • Art Holden

      Hi James, We are currently not supporting Open Office, as Open Office does not yet support many of the PowerPoint features our templates utilize.

      Art Holden
      PresenterMedia

  • Rohit Arora

    Thanks for helpful presentation…..u saved me from lot of trouble…

  • Laura

    Thanks for the tutorial! Great video. Very informative and easy to follow.

  • Anna Condit

    I love your product. It has been a great joy to make my presentations. However, I need your assistance. I am using PP 2011 on MAC. I am including a slide from your police car flashing. It works fine until I save the presentation and open it again. I have a copy of the entire Police car slide show on my MAC and it is saved and it works just fine. It is only when I combine one of the slides into another slide show.
    Please help.

    • Art Holden

      Anna, let me do some research on this. I have not heard of any issues with combining slides on Mac PowerPoint causing it to drop the added animation.

      Art Holden
      PresenterMedia

      • Art Holden

        Is it possible you saved the presentation as a .ppt instead of the normal .pptx? Saving the presentation as .ppt (compatibility mode) would remove the animation.

  • Hi Art,
    I have kept source formatting, but it seems the combination doesn’t work with different screen presentations like 16:9 with 4:3.
    Have I missed something?
    Thanks.

    • Art Holden

      Hi Francesco,

      PowerPoint should automatically squash or stretch the layouts to fit. The resulting slide insert may need some tweaking if you are not inserting from the same resolution as your main presentation.

      What version of PowerPoint are you using? I will see if I can replicate the issue you are having.

      Art Holden
      PresenterMedia

  • Hi Art,
    I am using PowerPoint 2010 and trying to combine some slides of the following template:
    Strike A Pose Toolkit
    with:
    Risky Tightrope

    • Art Holden

      I tested it using the “Reuse slides” feature from PowerPoint 2010. I was able to insert the 4×3 formats into the 16X9 version and also insert the 16X9 formats into the 4X3. In both cases there was some slight stretching or squishing that occurred as PowerPoint accommodated the different aspect ratios. However, the slides still looked correct and everything played properly.

      What exactly is happening for you?

      Art

  • Yes, Art. There are stretching and squashing, but they are not so slight…

    Francesco

    • Art Holden

      Since you are not importing from the same aspect ratios, squashing and stretching will occur. In most cases it isn’t too noticeable. You can tweak each image separately after the slide is inserted if the effect is too noticeable.

      Ultimately, its best to insert from the same aspect ratios instead of mixing 4×3 and 16×9 together.

      I will have a 16×9 version of the Risky Tightrope template added to the site.

      Art Holden
      PresenterMedia

  • Francesco

    I have made a video using a combination of some of these slides. It has been posted on YouTube (search for “Synergies between ISO 31000 and ISO 26000 [Risk Management and Social Responsibility]”.

    Thanks a lot, Art.

    Francesco

  • manoj

    how do i upgrade my power point software to a new version

  • how do i download the video from presenter media software in with ou any fee. please tell me if any option is there to download

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  • Travis

    I know how to combine slides from different presentations but how do I do this, still have the animation work but integrate a common color and font scheme? I looked through the string above but couldn’t find the answer.

    Cheers!

    • Travis:

      Combine the slides using our tutorial. Once you have the content moved into your presentation you should be able to apply the layout to the various slides without losing the animations (GIF or MOV) or video backgrounds.

  • MsBeardsClass

    A genuine thank you from a teacher who is trying to make content more engaging for her students. I have been wondering how to do this. My video lectures and movies will be SO much cooler now!

    • Great to hear! Let us know if you ever have suggestions or requests for content, our artists just came out with a multitude of educational clip art, animations and templates.

  • Cindi

    Thanks for the assistance, this was a good, thorough tutorial.

  • Christine

    Very useful indeed. Thanks a lot!

  • Majette

    Thank you. Somehow I seem to bluff my way through creating PP Presentations simply by chance. Now I feel so confident with what to do – and to be able to take presentations to the next level of including animations is a dream come true! Especially for an amateur like me. Thank you sincerely! My first day with you and my first attempt on the ‘Global Unity’ templates – so far looking great!

    • So glad to hear that! Let us know how it all turns out and happy presenting!

  • Dhara

    Hi Presnter Meida Team,

    First if all a BIG THANKS for this application! Its simply amazing!
    Just a little challenges in custimizing for our needs. Of course with a little assistance from you, can overcome that obstacle.

    1) How do I use the quiz templates to define different categories of questions in your 6 or other Category Templates for Quiz?
    2) How do I input my answers to those questions?
    3) Is there any way I can display it only when I request for answer (so that when I hit any key on my PC or presenter accidentally, it doesn’t display the answer) to verify response of the participants?

    Thanks in advance!

    I am eager to have answers to implement in my sldes.

  • Eoin Keenan

    I really wanted this feature but after upgrading to Mac OS 10.7.4 it doesn’t seem to work. Any ideas ???

    • I’m sorry, I’m not using Lion as of yet (which would be 10.7.4 I believe) and the ability should be native to PowerPoint, I’ll check into the compatibility between PowerPoint 2008/2011 and Mac’s Lion OS. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  • Flavio Alves

    Great tip! Works perfect on Power Point Mac 2011. Wonderful job you did.

  • Andrew Laird

    Hi guys,

    have just recently subscribed and have to say brilliant.

    Great tutorial – thanks – was wondering how to do this exact thing.

    Will keep you posted with how impressed everyone is with your presentations

    Regards

    Andrew

    • Andrew,
      That’s great to hear, and welcome to PresenterMedia!

  • Marisol

    BEST tutorial EVER! I’ve been searching for help for about an hour and am SO HAPPY I found your website! Thank you!!!!!!!!!

  • Nicole from Australia

    Thank you so much. This just saved me a whole lot of heart ache of merging 40 slides I received from people with different templates. Thank you!

    • Nicole:

      I’m so glad our tutorial was of help!

      -Kara Jones

  • Meche

    Thanks

  • tolu

    This was a great help! Thanks so much! Been battling wit how to do this or hours.
    Thank so much!

  • vikas

    Thank you very much

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  • Seif

    I am having a hard time to have them my slides combined into a single slide.
    I am using MacBook Pro Power Point 2011.

    Here is what I have done so far:

    1 – I create a blank slide. This is the slide that at the end would contain all the slides.

    2 – I select the power point slide, and click Insert.

    3 – In Slide Finder window, I check mark Keep design of Original Slides. I click on the slide image (otherwise the Insert button remains disabled) to activate the Insert button, and then click on Insert button.

    4 – This creates a new slide (and not an image into an existing slide!!!).

    Shouldnt, these actions “embed” (insert) the selected slide into the intended all-combined slide? Thanks.

    • Seif:

      Thank you for your inquiry. The process you are going through is the proper steps to INSERT a slide into a presentation. If you are wanting to insert a slide into an existing slide (as an object just placed there, it will look like a picture, without any animations) then you’d want to use “Insert”>”OBJECT” and select the ppt file you want to insert. You can also go to the previous ppt file (the one you want to copy in) and save each slide as a JPEG, and then insert it into your existing presentation at that point, OR use screen capture (CMD + Shift + F4 +click and drag around the slide) to grab the slide quick and then drag+drop into your existing presentation.

  • Sarah

    Thanks so much, this has really helped me out

  • Jorge

    I tried to format all of my pictures perfectly to the slide they were on, but each of the pictures are different sizes. So when I format the slide, it applies the change to all of the slides, not just the specific one. I was forced to create several different presentations and format each slide to the particular picture. However, when merging them, they just snap to the slide size of the presentation I am copying to. I have tried the “Reuse Slide” feature and copying and pasting, but the slide sizes still change, even when I mark the “Keep Source Formatting”. Is there anything I can do?

  • George

    I tried to format all of my pictures perfectly to the slide they were on, but each of the pictures are different sizes. So when I format the slide, it applies the change to all of the slides, not just the specific one. I was forced to create several different presentations and format each slide to the particular picture. However, when merging them, they just snap to the slide size of the presentation I am copying to. I have tried the “Reuse Slide” feature and copying and pasting, but the slide sizes still change, even when I mark the “Keep Source Formatting”. Is there anything I can do to fix this?

    • Mike Weber

      PowerPoint does not let you use multiple sizes of slides within the same presentation, it’d be better to have a link in a presentation that sends you out to another presentation’s show (pps) file.
      You can store formatting such as colors/image formats, but cannot store slide sizes and then merge them without adjusting one way or the other

  • aysha

    thank you i was searching for combing 2 different power point in one for Mac version.

    • Mike Weber

      Hello Aysha, there is information at the end of the tutorial for Mac users on how to combine slides from two or more Power Points.

  • Scott

    Is there a way to do this with hundreds of pptx files all at once, and keep the source formatting?

  • Elizabeth

    Thanks so much for this tutorial,
    I have used this so many times for PowerPoint’s for Uni and other presentations. My children also use this for their assignments. It is such a great way to engage your audience and keep them focused. Thanks again for a GREAT program to use. So helpful!

  • Carlton Witmore

    I have office 2013 and am trying to combine slides from PowerPoint and presenter media. My insert tab doesn’t look like the one on your website. It has new slide only. I am still searching how to do this but could use some help.

    • Mike Weber

      Carlton are you selecting the Insert tab that is next to the Home tab? If you see insert new slide you would be in the Home tab.

  • Ron Modica

    Hi Mike,

    I would like to know how to add “page numbers” to a presentation containing multiple files from multiple people that don’t all use the same “settings” for things?

    Is that possible? And if so can you tell me it’s done?

    Thanks Mike,
    Ron

    • Mike Weber

      Add a Footnote, date, page numbers:
      Select the slide that you want to add the footnote to.
      On the Insert menu, click Text Box.
      Click the slide where you want to add the footnote, type or paste your text, and then format the text as needed.
      Add a Footnote to all slides:
      On the View menu, point to Master, and then click Slide Master. On the Insert menu, click Text Box. (Or, you can use the existing footer text box for the footnote.) Click the slide where you want to add the footnote, type or paste your text, and then format the text as needed.

  • Mary Snyder

    How do I view the tutorial for combining slides?
    Thx

    • Mike Weber

      Is it not opening up for your on our website? Thank you.

  • Ashley

    I am using powerpoint 2013, and I have used the “reuse slide” feature in 2007 and 2010 many times with great success. However, in 2013, once I save the presentation and reopen it, any animation and/or formatting (i.e., customized video and the like) that was in the “reused” slide has been removed. I am checking the “keep source formatting” button when I select and insert the “reused slide” into the new presentation. Is there a step I am not completing or something different that is required in 2013? Thank you!

  • Tash

    When I try to copy and paste slides from a Mac laptop to a Windows laptop, the size of the slides change. How do i make the slides fit exactly????

    • Mike Weber

      You may need to download the appropriate version from the website. Either the Mac or PC version that is available for your to select.


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