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How to Copy Slides from PowerPoint Templates (Updated 2020!)

So, one of the most common questions we receive is,  how to copy slides in PowerPoint from one PPT presentation to another presentation, or a different PowerPoint template.

So, how to copy slides from PowerPoint?

It is very easy to copy slides between presentations.  I'll use a couple of our PowerPoint templates as examples in this tutorial.

I'm going to use PowerPoint 365 for this tutorial but the process is the same for PowerPoint 2007 and newer.

Step 1

Open up the presentation you are making and the template you want to copy a slide from.

Step 2

In the template, right-click on the slide in the slides tab or in the slide sorter view you wish to copy and choose Copy from the menu.  See the illustration below.

Step 3

Paste your slide you just copied in the presentation you are working on.  Right-click in the slides tab or the slide sorter view at the place you wish to insert (paste) the slide.

Step 4

Below the "Paste Options" icon you'll see 3 icons, one for matching destination formatting, one for keeping source formatting, and one for paste as a picture. In order for the slide to retain the look of the slide from the template you copied from, you need to tell PowerPoint to use the formatting from the "source"

In the Paste Options, you can choose "Keep Source Formatting".  This retains the format from the template you copied from.

That's how to copy a slide in PowerPoint.  Nice and simple right?  Go ahead and start putting together your favorite slides from all of our templates.

If you're more of a visual learner, you can view our video tutorial on copying slides in PowerPoint at the YouTube link below:

Good Presenting!

Art Holden

You can download our templates for PowerPoint here.

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By: Art Holden
Art Holden has been involved in presentation and animation graphic content since 1990. He had the pleasure of creating one of the very first animation websites on the internet, Animation Factory. For 13 years he managed and created media for Animation Factory. He is now a part-owner and an employee working full time at PresenterMedia. His hobbies outside of work revolve around being involved in the bicycling community in Sioux Falls, SD. He never misses an opportunity to get on his bike and enjoy a ride.

Blog Comments (Sign In to Comment):

Feb 16, 2011 -
Susan
When I right-click and select "Paste", the "Paste Options" button does not appear.
Feb 16, 2011 -
Art Holden
@Susan, After performing the paste, the options icon appears at the lower right corner of the slide you just added to your presentation. You may need to 'Select' the slide first to see the icon. Also the icon will disappear if you do other things in your presentation. So make sure you set the appropriate paste option immediately after the paste. I hope this helps, Art Holden PresenterMedia
Mar 30, 2011 -
Monika
When I copy the slide and keep source formatting and strat the presentation, the slide is no more animated? What do I have to do?
Mar 30, 2011 -
Art Holden
@Monika, You didn't mention which version of PowerPoint you are using. It is possible that you copied a static slide instead of one of the animated slides? There are both types of slides in the templates. If you are using an old version of PowerPoint, like PowerPoint 2003, you will also need to move the video animation files to the same folder your presentation is saved in. In the PowerPoint 2003 templates, the video animation files are linked files. This does not affect 2007 or newer versions of PowerPoint. If you let me know what version of PowerPoint and what template you were trying to combine, I can try to be of more assistance. Also, here is a video tutorial that may also help you.
Apr 04, 2011 -
Monika
Thank you for your reply. I choose "ready to launge" and I have ppt 2007. It moves on the homepage but as soon as I safe it, it does not move again. Even in presentation mode. Thank you for your help. Monika
Apr 04, 2011 -
Art Holden
Hi Monika, Let's make sure you have all the updates and patches installed from Microsoft for PowerPoint 2007. It sounds like you are missing the Office 2007 Service Pack 2. Run Windows Update on your computer and install any Office 2007 updates it finds. Restart your computer after you have installed any updates. Let me know if this fixes your problem. Art Holden PresenterMedia
Apr 28, 2011 -
Le Pham
thank you very much, it is useful for me.
Jun 25, 2011 -
lina
Hi! I'd like to thank you for great ideas you present here and also for the experiences , they're useful for me.
Dec 03, 2011 -
Patricia
I have the same issue as Susan (up top), when i paste a slide from presentation to another and then perform the paste options it attempts to transfer and then it doesn't do it? Help please, I need this done today.
Dec 05, 2011 -
Art Holden
Hi Patricia, We also have a video tutorial that features another technique that may work better for you: Combining slides from multiple PowerPoint Templates. Art Holden PresenterMedia
Feb 13, 2012 -
David
Art, How do I bring as bunch of slides from Presentation A over to Presentation B when a lot of the A slides are Excel objects BUT I don't want them all recalculated - in fact I wqant them all as pictures? Thanks David
Feb 14, 2012 -
Art Holden
Hi David, That's a good question. Have you tried taking a screenshot? PowerPoint 2010 has a really cool 'Insert/Screenshot' that will allow you to take a picture from another presentation or other window open on your computer and insert it on your current slide. Hope it helps. Art Holden PresenterMedia
Oct 29, 2012 -
martyn
how do I copy an animated template into my corporate template while keeping the animation and keeping my template currently I loose the animation or I cannot have my template
Oct 29, 2012 -
krjones
Martyn: Take a look at our tutorial here , which walks you through the process of combining presentations while maintaining the integrity of the animations and formatting.

Your presentations are going to be amazing!

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