Combining PowerPoint presentations is helpful when referencing information from another PowerPoint document. You can also save time by merging both documents. This article shows you how to easily combine PowerPoint presentations in versions 2019, 2021, and 365.
Combine PowerPoint presentations using the Reuse Slides tool
The Reuse Slides tool allows you to import slides into your presentation without opening another PowerPoint document. This method is most suitable for large presentations that may need to be designed when combined. Follow these steps to combine PowerPoint presentations with the Reuse Slides tool:
- Open your presentation and go to the Home tab. Click on New Slide.
- Select Reuse Slides…
- A “Reuse Slides” panel will appear on the right. Click Browse, then select Browse File… to search for the other Powerpoint document.
- Windows explorer will launch. Search and select the PowerPoint document, then click Open. The slides of the other Powerpoint document will appear in the Reuse Slides panel.
- Right-click on a slide in the “Reuse Slides” panel. Select Insert Slide to insert the selected slide into the presentation. To insert every slide, select Insert All Slides instead.
- Check the slides section to preview the inserted slides.
If you want to import them with original formatting, select the checkbox Keep source formatting.
Slides will now be inserted into your presentation with their source formatting.
If you want to import only the template of another PowerPoint presentation
- Select Browse on the “Reuse Slides” Panel and select Browse File…
- Select the presentation that contains the format you want and click Open.
- Select a slide on the left slide panel.
- Right-click any slide in the “Reuse Slides” panel and select Apply Theme to Selected Slides. To apply the format to every slide in your presentation, select Apply Theme to All Slides.
Your slides have adopted the source formatting of the other presentation.
Combine PowerPoint presentations using copy and paste
This method is preferable when inserting just a few slides from another PowerPoint into your presentation. First, open both presentations, then follow these steps:
- Open the presentation that you want to combine with yours. Go to the slides panel, select the desired slide, and click Copy.
- Open your presentation, select a slide in the slides section, and click Paste in the Clipboard section.
- PowerPoint will insert the copied slides below the selected slide.
- If you want to keep source formatting, click the dropdown arrow under Paste and select Keep Source Formatting (K).
The slides will now be imported with their original formatting. Repeat these steps for all the slides you wish to import.