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Office 2007 Bible by Lisa A. Bucki, Gavin Powell, Michael R. Irwin, Peter G. Aitken, Michael R. Groh, Cary N. Prague, Faithe Wempen, Herb Tyson, John Walkenbach

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Inserting Content from External Sources

Many people find that they can save a lot of time by copying text or slides from other programs or from other PowerPoint presentations to form the basis of a new presentation. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel each time! The following sections look at various ways to bring in content from external sources.

Copying slides from other presentations

There are several ways to copy slides from other presentations. You can:

  • Open the presentation, save it under a different name, and then delete the slides that you don’t want, leaving a new presentation with the desired slides ready for customization.

  • Open two PowerPoint windows side-by-side and drag-and-drop slides between them.

  • Open two PowerPoint presentations, copy slides from one of them to the Clipboard (Ctrl+C), and then paste them into the other presentation (Ctrl+V).

  • Use the Reuse Slides feature in PowerPoint, as described next.

To reuse slides from other presentations with the Reuse Slides feature, follow these steps:

1.
On the Home tab, click the lower portion of the New Slide button to open its menu.
2.
Click Reuse Slides. The Reuse Slides pane appears.
3.
Click Open a PowerPoint File OR Click the Browse button and then click Browse File.
4.
In the Browse dialog box, select the presentation from which you want to copy slides, and click Open. Thumbnail images of the slides in the presentation appear in the Reuse Slides pane, as shown in Figure 21-17.
Figure 21-17. Choose individual ...

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