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Combine Slides from Multiple PowerPoint Templates

Posted on: Nov, 2010 By: Judd Albrecht

Combining Slides from Multiple PPT Templates is Easy!

We've had questions about the possibility of combining several of our PowerPoint templates into one presentation. So, How do you mix and match slides from different animated templates to make consistent presentations?

It's straightforward to do if you use PowerPoint 2010 or newer. We've put together a video tutorial about how to quickly copy slides from one template to combine slides from various templates.

The video will show you how to:

1. Open both the source and destination presentations in PowerPoint

2. Find the slides that you want to copy over from the source presentation

3. Select and copy those slides in PowerPoint

4. Paste those slides into your destination presentation

5. Adjust the slide layouts as needed

6. Save your new, combined presentation


Note For Combining Several Animated Templates Into One Presentation.

Combining multiple PowerPoint templates can be a great way to make your presentation more attractive. You can find different templates PresenterMedia that will help you to create a more professional-looking presentation. Just be sure to choose templates that are compatible with each other, and that will work well together.

Remember that the more animated templates you combine, your presentation may become more significant in size. For example, using several templates with embedded video files will increase your presentation's size. Keep this in mind, as it could be a problem if you are distributing the completed presentation.

The process is quite simple and only takes a few minutes once you know where to look and what to do. We hope you find this helpful! The process is quite simple and only takes a few minutes once you know where to look and what to do.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment below.
You can start downloading PowerPoint templates and start combing multiple PowerPoint slides for yourself.

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By: Judd Albrecht
Judd enjoys anything creative. As a content designer at PresenterMedia, he gets to put that creative desire to use everyday. "Every day I'm excited to come into work and start creating great content for our subscribers". He has degree in computer animation with over 15 years of graphic design experience, which has given him the skills to design quality graphic content. When he's not at work, he finds time enjoying the great outdoors, jamming on the bass guitar and playing with his kids.

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Dec 03, 2010 -
Alice Charles-Wilson
Thank you this was an awesome tip and it worked perfectly!
Dec 03, 2010 -
Art Holden
Great Alice! I'm so glad it helped you. Best, Art Holden PresenterMedia
Dec 16, 2010 -
Excellent tip. Thank you for training and art work. Please keep it up. David
Dec 18, 2010 -
Summer Matheson
This was EXCELLENT and very helpful!!!!! Thank you for taking the time out to do this.
Jan 04, 2011 -
Art : Thanks for the tutorial. I am so excited to get started. The slides look fabulous. Thanks Muhammad
Jan 04, 2011 -
Art Holden
Thanks Muhammad, it was nice to talk to you on the phone as well. Best wishes on your presentation.
Jan 23, 2011 -
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.
Jan 24, 2011 -
Art Holden
Hi Stacey, Thank you for the nice comment. We sure do appreciate you as a subscriber as well. Art Holden PresenterMedia
Feb 04, 2011 -
this just saved my life at work; thanks!
Mar 11, 2011 -
Free Man
Very helpful. Nice job.. Thanks for sharing
Mar 21, 2011 -
Thanks for the nice tutorial. There is so much to learn on Powerpoint. Keep them coming!
Apr 18, 2011 -
Mark B
Hi, Struggled with no sound on viewing the video - any thoughts? Thanks
Apr 18, 2011 -
Art Holden
Hi Mark, The tutorial video is published using Flash, perhaps you need to update your Flash player? Art Holden PresenterMedia
May 07, 2011 -
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.
Jun 21, 2011 -
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.
Jun 21, 2011 -
Art Holden
Hi Lesley, I think we could add some more buildings to the site. Do you like the looks of these type of buildings? Art Holden PresenterMedia
Jun 30, 2011 -
I clicked on the video tutorial but, the video wasn't working. :( any thoughts?? Thank you Art!!
Jun 30, 2011 -
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
Jun 30, 2011 -
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... :(
Jun 30, 2011 -
Art Holden
Jennifer, Possibly your Flash player needs to be updated? Art
Aug 15, 2011 -
You're a lifesaver! Thank you for this easy tip on combining multiple 2010 PowerPoint presentations into one.
Sep 30, 2011 -
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!!
Oct 22, 2011 -
Dalia !
woooow ,, great tip , I was wondering how to do that still learning new things in ppt you're the best ^^ thank you
Oct 31, 2011 -
Is it possible to Combine Slides from Multiple PowerPoint Templates while using powerpoint 2003??
Nov 07, 2011 -
Julia Keegan
Great tutorial for combinig slides from presentations. Gives so much more versatility.
Nov 07, 2011 -
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
Nov 17, 2011 -
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!
Nov 17, 2011 -
Suzan Moody
So appreciate how quick and easy this was. Thank you much.
Dec 12, 2011 -
Thanks, you rock
Dec 29, 2011 -
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.
Jan 23, 2012 -
Hi, Is this tip available for openoffice? I have a lot of powerpoint templates. Thank you in advance. Regards, James
Jan 24, 2012 -
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
Jan 26, 2012 -
Rohit Arora
Thanks for helpful presentation.....u saved me from lot of trouble...
Feb 08, 2012 -
Thanks for the tutorial! Great video. Very informative and easy to follow.
Feb 19, 2012 -
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.
Feb 21, 2012 -
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
Feb 22, 2012 -
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.
Apr 30, 2012 -
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.
May 01, 2012 -
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
May 01, 2012 -
Hi Art, I am using PowerPoint 2010 and trying to combine some slides of the following template: Strike A Pose Toolkit with: Risky Tightrope
May 01, 2012 -
Art Holden
I tested it using the "Reuse slides" feature from PowerPoint 2010. I was able to insert the 4x3 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
May 01, 2012 -
Yes, Art. There are stretching and squashing, but they are not so slight... Francesco
May 02, 2012 -
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 4x3 and 16x9 together. I will have a 16x9 version of the Risky Tightrope template added to the site. Art Holden PresenterMedia
May 03, 2012 -
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
Jul 13, 2012 -
how do i upgrade my power point software to a new version
Jul 13, 2012 -
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
Jul 13, 2012 -
Our content is not free to download unless you are a subscriber. To subscribe, simply click the "Join Now" link at the top of the page. Once subscribed, you are allowed unlimited downloads of our content.
Jul 13, 2012 -
If you are using PowerPoint 2007, you may install the updates by following this tutorial: http://www.presentermedia.com/blog/2010/07/animated-templates-powerpoint-2007/ , however, if you are curious as to how to purchase a newer version of PowerPoint (i.e. PowerPoint 2010 for PC, or PowerPoint 2011 for Mac), you would purchase this from your local retailer or straight through Microsoft.
Jul 15, 2012 -
Dude, thanks for making this video...It's gonna make my presentation sooo much better. Keep up the good work and have fun, peace.
Jul 18, 2012 -
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!
Jul 19, 2012 -
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.
Aug 09, 2012 -
Terry Nelson
This rocks!!!
Aug 16, 2012 -
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!
Aug 17, 2012 -
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.
Aug 20, 2012 -
Thanks for the assistance, this was a good, thorough tutorial.
Aug 24, 2012 -
Very useful indeed. Thanks a lot!
Sep 05, 2012 -
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!
Sep 05, 2012 -
So glad to hear that! Let us know how it all turns out and happy presenting!
Sep 16, 2012 -
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.
Sep 20, 2012 -
Eoin Keenan
I really wanted this feature but after upgrading to Mac OS 10.7.4 it doesn't seem to work. Any ideas ???
Sep 26, 2012 -
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.
Sep 29, 2012 -
Flavio Alves
Great tip! Works perfect on Power Point Mac 2011. Wonderful job you did.
Oct 23, 2012 -
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
Oct 23, 2012 -
BEST tutorial EVER! I've been searching for help for about an hour and am SO HAPPY I found your website! Thank you!!!!!!!!!
Oct 24, 2012 -
Andrew, That's great to hear, and welcome to PresenterMedia!
Oct 24, 2012 -
You're Welcome :)
Oct 28, 2012 -
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!
Oct 29, 2012 -
Nicole: I'm so glad our tutorial was of help! -Kara Jones
Nov 02, 2012 -
Nov 07, 2012 -
This was a great help! Thanks so much! Been battling wit how to do this or hours. Thank so much!
Dec 02, 2012 -
Great Help, Thanks.
Feb 06, 2013 -
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?
Feb 07, 2013 -
Kara Jones
Les: I'm so sorry that you're experiencing difficulty. Did you remember to click "Keep Source Formatting" on the Insert Slide Pane?
Feb 10, 2013 -
i can't find that as an option. I have Microsoft 2007
Feb 10, 2013 -
Wait, i found it! Thank you so much!!!!!
Apr 26, 2013 -
Thank you very much
May 27, 2013 -
Jan Buscop
Thank you for your good explanation!
Jun 11, 2013 -
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Jun 24, 2013 -
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.
Jun 25, 2013 -
Kara Jones
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.
Oct 08, 2013 -
Thanks so much, this has really helped me out
Nov 04, 2013 -
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?
Nov 04, 2013 -
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?
Nov 13, 2013 -
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
Nov 20, 2013 -
thank you i was searching for combing 2 different power point in one for Mac version.
Nov 22, 2013 -
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.
Dec 12, 2013 -
Is there a way to do this with hundreds of pptx files all at once, and keep the source formatting?
Feb 10, 2014 -
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!
Feb 22, 2014 -
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.
Feb 28, 2014 -
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.
Sep 16, 2014 -
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
Sep 22, 2014 -
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.
Dec 02, 2014 -
Mary Snyder
How do I view the tutorial for combining slides? Thx
Dec 09, 2014 -
Mike Weber
Is it not opening up for your on our website? Thank you.
Mar 09, 2015 -
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!
Mar 18, 2015 -
Mike Weber
The reuse function should be the same or very similar using 2007, 2010, or 2013. Could you review our tutorial to be sure all steps are being taken. Thank you. http://www.presentermedia.com/blog/2014/12/combine-slides-from-multiple-powerpoint-templates/
Jun 21, 2015 -
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????
Jun 26, 2015 -
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.
Oct 14, 2016 -
Eshani Ghosh
I do not have a slide finder option on MAC Powerpoint. So i can check the box keep original format. due to which slide themes imported differs. Help!
Nov 13, 2016 -
Gusti Pangestu Mahardika
same here
Nov 10, 2017 -
nikhil rathod
template is not working as animated it is seen on website?

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