When you create a lot of Powerpoint presentations, especially when they are about similar topics, it is likely that you will have a slide that you want to re-use.
You may already know how to insert a slide from another presentation, but this can be tedious when you want to add multiple slides, or even an entire presentation, into a different slideshow.
The process of merging Powerpoint presentations does not need to involve individually inserting each slide into the new presentation.
Powerpoint 2010 has a feature that will allow you to merge two separate Powerpoint files with just a few short steps.
Combining Two Powerpoint Files in Powerpoint 2010
The steps in this article will assume that you have two separate Powerpoint files, and that you want to combine them into one new file. Both files will need to be saved to your computer, and you will need to know where the files are located.
Step 1: Open one of the Powerpoint files that you want to merge in Powerpoint 2010.
Step 2: Click the Slides tab at the top of the column at the left side of the Powerpoint window.
Step 3: Click the slide after which you want to insert the second Powerpoint file. In the example image below, I am going to insert the second Powerpoint file after my second slide.
Step 4: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 5: Click the arrow to the right of New Slide in the Slides section of the Office ribbon, then click the Reuse Slides option.
Step 6: Click the Open a Powerpoint File option in the column at the right side of the window.
Step 7: Select the Powerpoint file that you wish to merge with the current file, then click the Open button.
Step 8: Right-click one of the slides in the Reuse Slides column at the right side of the window, then click the Insert All Slides option.
Now that you know how to merge files in Powerpoint 2010, you can make it much easier to combine existing slides from another presentation with your current one.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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