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Copying PowerPoint Slides – Keep The Format

There is nothing more frustrating than having your beautifully designed PowerPoint slides change to something hideous when copying to another deck. In this post, I will demonstrate a very simple way to keep the current format in PowerPoint when copying slides to another deck.

Why copy your slides in the first place?

There are many reasons that you may want to copy slides to another Powerpoint presentation. Most of us at some stage have several presentations that we may want to take slides from to make up a new presentation. This is often the case when presenting to different audiences or speaking for various time slots.

The other reason and one that I personally experience is for conferences with multiple presentations. As an event facilitator and emcee, I have all the presentations loaded up in one single deck to minimise interruption and keep the audience engaged (there is nothing more unengaging than to watch someone hooking up their equipment).

This means copying various presentations onto one single PowerPoint deck. Of course, we want to make sure to keep the current format for each individual presentation.

What happens when copying slides

When we copy slides onto a new PowerPoint presentation deck the slides will default to the new theme style. This means that backgrounds, fonts and colours on your slides can change to the new theme style. Not good.

Now all your slides need re-editing…or do they.

There is a simple way to keep the original format when you copy your slides to a new PowerPoint deck.

Keep the original PowerPoint format

Fortunately, PowerPoint gives us the option to keep the current format on our slides. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Copy slides onto the new PowerPoint presentation deck
  2. After copying the slides a clipboard icon will appear with a drop-down arrow
  3. Click on the drop-down arrow
  4. Select “Keep current format”

Presto, your beautiful slides will now look the way you originally designed them saving your many hours of re-editing.



Richard Hansen

Richard Hansen

Founder of Impact Presentations

Richard is a professional MC, presentation designer and coach and founder of Impact Presentations.

He is happily married with 3 children and currently lives on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland, Australia.

Loves trekking, camping, coffee and generally hanging out with friends and trying new experiences.

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