Often we feel the need of combining two or three PowerPoint slides into a single one just like PDF file. While preparing for a college note or business presentation, one may want to import some important documents from his/her previously created .ppt file to the new slide. It is not really a difficult job to do although most of us may not know the process. Today, I am going to show how you can combine multiple PowerPoint slides in a few easy steps. It does not matter whether you are using Microsoft Office Suite 2007, 2010, or 2016; the process is by and large similar across different versions.
How to Combine PowerPoint Slides?
There is a nice trick that can be used on MS PowerPoint to combine multiple slides and the trick is well-known as ‘Reuse Slides’. You can combine as many .ppt files as you like without any hassle. Let’s learn how to do it; follow the steps provided below.
Step 1: Let’s assume you are creating a new slide or you have already created the slide and now, you would like to insert slides from another .ppt file. The figure here shows a new slide without any work done to it; I am going to insert multiple slides from my previously created slide. If you want to merge two already created .ppt files, still the process is the same; just open one of the files and the other one is supposed to be inserted there.
Now, click on to ‘New Slide’ option under the ‘Home’ menu. From a drag down box, select the ‘Reuse Slides’ option which will let you merge another .ppt file with this document.
Step 2: A separate portion will automatically be created on the right of the window to incorporate the ‘Reuse Slides’ feature. We have to insert the desired slide here by clicking on ‘Browse’ and from a drop-down menu ‘Browse File’.
Step 3: A separate window will pop up automatically. Navigate to the folder where the other silde was saved. Select the slide file and then hit the ‘Open’ button.
Step 4: Remember, inserting the other silde does not mean documents will be opened on the main screen; rather, they will appear one by one on the ‘Reuse Slides’ menu. When all the individual slides are finished loading, you just have to click on a slide to merge it to the main screen. This slide will appear just after the original slide which was opened earlier.
Like this, click on the other slides and these will be inserted one after the other. This way you can select only the required slides to be combined, rather than having to select all the slides together. Carefully look at the figure: the merged slides have a small red dot so that they can be identified without any trouble.
Step 5: The format of the slide remains original and the inserted slides take the original format. However, if you want to keep the format of the slides to be merged, then tap the check box which should be on the bottom of the ‘Reuse Slides’ window. This way, the original slides, and the new slides contain two separate formats; hence, editing one type won’t affect the other type.
Step 6: Acquiring the process and inside information on combining two slides, you are actually done with Step 5. However, Step 6 allows you to gain some extra tricks. When you require all the slides to be combined, you do not have to bother about selecting the slides one by one. Just right-click on a slide and then tap on ‘Insert All Slides’. You can check or uncheck the ‘Keep source formatting’ box as per your wish and need. Then save the combined presentation slides and you are finished.
Many use copy-paste technique to combine multiple presentation files. However, I would not recommend it because it can create hassle on the original slide. On the other hand, ‘Reuse Slides’ allow you to tinker with the inserted slides before they are combined with the other one in a smooth fashion. Hopefully, you can competently combine multiple presentation files after reading this article. If you are interested to know how you can transform a .pptx file into an image file, check this article.