Copy and paste your slides

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Overview of copying and pasting slides

When you copy one or more slides from a presentation to a location within the same presentation or to another presentation, you can specify the theme that you want the new slides to adopt.

By default, when a slide is pasted into a new location in a presentation, it inherits the theme of the slide that precedes it. However, if you copied the slide from another presentation that uses a different theme, you can retain that theme when you paste the slide into a different presentation. To change the formatting so that a pasted slide does not inherit the theme from the slide that precedes it, use the Paste Options button Button image — which appears near the pasted slide.

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Copy and paste your slides

  1. In the pane that contains the Outline and Slides tabs, click the Slides tab.
  1. Select the slide that you want to copy by doing one of the following:
    • To select a single slide, click it.
    • To select multiple sequential slides, click the first slide, press SHIFT, and then click the last slide that you want to select.
    • To select multiple nonsequential slides, press CTRL, and then click each slide that you want to select.
  2. Right-click one of the selected slides, and then click Copy.
  3. In the destination presentation, on the Slides tab, right-click the slide that you want your copied slides to follow, and then click Paste.

To retain the original design of the copied slides, click the Paste Options button Button image, which appears near the pasted slides on the Outline or Slides tab in Normal view, or in the Slides pane, and then click Keep Source Formatting.

If you do not see the Paste Options button, go to Where is the Paste Options button?

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To move slides to another location, select the slides that you want to move, and then drag them to the new location. Use the Paste Options button as described above to retain the original formatting.

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Where is the Paste Options button?

When you paste a slide into a new location in a presentation, the Paste Options buttonButton image typically appears near the pasted slide on the Outline or Slides tab in Normal view, or in the Slides pane. The Paste Options button enables you to control how your content appears after you paste it — also known as paste recovery (Paste recovery: Paste options that are available through a button that appears after you paste content. If you click this button, you can choose formatting options for pasted content.).

The following are reasons why you may not see the Paste Options button after you paste a slide:

  • You pasted by using Paste Special from the Clipboard section of the Home tab. You must use the Cut or Copy and Paste commands, or you can copy and paste by using the Office Clipboard to see the paste options.
  • You pasted a group of objects from another program, such as Microsoft Office Word.
  • There is no style discrepancy between the source and destination for the slide that you are pasting.

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2007