If you’ve ever needed to integrate slides from different presentation, PowerPoint offers several options to help you merge PowerPoint presentations. You can insert slides individually, import entire presentations, drag and drop slides, or simply merge PowerPoint presentations by combining separate PPT files. Let’s look at these different methods in detail.

Merge PowerPoint with Reuse Slides

This is probably the simplest way to copy slides over from one presentation into another, choosing which slides to add and where to insert them in your final presentation.

  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation that you wish to add slides further slides to.
  2. Using the slide thumbnail panel on the left, select where you wish to insert the new slide. Clicking in between two existing slides will put a red line between the existing slides to indicate where the new slide with be placed.
  3. Click the Insert tab, followed by the New Slide icon on the left side of the menu.
  4. This will open a dropdown menu; click Reuse Slides. merge powerpoint, How to Merge PowerPoint Presentations
  1. The Reuse Slides box will open on the right. Click the Browse button. If you check the box next to Keep source formatting, the newly inserted slides will remain as they were in the original presentation. Unchecking the box will adjust the slide/s formatting to presentation it’s being imported into. merge powerpoint, How to Merge PowerPoint Presentations
  2. Browse the presentations and click the one you want to add the slides from. Click Open to insert your slide. merge powerpoint, How to Merge PowerPoint Presentations

You will see the thumbnails of the available slides. Browse and select the ones you would like to insert into your main document. You can click Insert All Slides to import all slides from the external presentation. merge powerpoint, How to Merge PowerPoint Presentations

If you want to discard the theme of your main presentation in favour of the external presentation’s theme, select Apply Theme to All Slides when clicking the slides you wish to insert.

This method is great if you want to add a slide or two to your main presentation. Also, if you want to add further details and design elements from various presentations to your main presentation, this is the easiest way to go.

Merging PowerPoints with Insert Object

This method is the best option for inserting all slides from one presentation into another while ensuring all animations and transitions remain intact during the copy over.

Since slides are being copied over, any changes made to the original files won’t affect the new slides inserted into your presentation and edits to your main presentation will not impact on the slides’ original file it was copied from. Also, note that this method doesn’t allow you to edit the slide’s design elements individually as the whole slide is imported as an object.

  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation that you wish to add slides further slides to.
  2. Using the slide thumbnail panel on the left, select where you wish to insert the new slide. Clicking in between two existing slides will put a red line between the existing slides to indicate where the new slide with be placed.
  3. Click the Insert tab, followed by the New Slide icon on the left side of the menu. You’re better off selecting Blank as your imported Object will cover the text boxes.
  1. merge powerpoint, How to Merge PowerPoint Presentations With your new slide inserted, return to the Insert tab and Click the Object icon on the far right.
  1. merge powerpoint, How to Merge PowerPoint Presentations Click Create From File, then hit the Browse button. You will see the Insert Object dialog box. There, you should pick the Create from file option. You can enter the address of the document into the text box and press Enter or click the Browse button. merge powerpoint, How to Merge PowerPoint Presentations
  2. Browse your computer for the presentation you wish to insert and double click it.

You will then see the first slide of the imported presentation on your new slide. Stretch the inserted object to fit the size of the slide of your main presentation to avoid changes in the size of the slides when you present them.

Merge PowerPoint with Merge Documents

This method allows you to compare and merge PowerPoint presentation files into a single file.

Finally, you can opt to completely merge two PowerPoint presentations into one. Here’s how this method works:

  1. Open PowerPoint and open the main presentation.
  2. Click the Review section of the Main Menu.
  3. Click the Compare button. You will find it in the Compare section. merge powerpoint, How to Merge PowerPoint Presentations
  4. Browse for the presentation you want to merge with your main presentation. Select it by double-clicking on it.

Once the merging is complete, you will see the Revisions pane on the right of the merged presentations. In the Presentation Changes portion, you’ll see the differences between the presentations and can choose which changes you want to keep or discard. merge powerpoint, How to Merge PowerPoint Presentations

Merging PowerPoints with Drag and Drop

Provided your PowerPoint files aren’t too big, and your device has the processing power, this is the easiest and most intuitive method for merging PowerPoint presentation files.

  1. Simply open both presentations on your device, ensuring you can see both windows on your screen.
  2. Using your mouse, long-press the slide you need to move You may need to do this for each slide, or you can click the first slide, hold the shift key, and click the last slide to copy your selection into the new presentation.  merge powerpoint, How to Merge PowerPoint Presentations
  3. Drop the slide/s into their place using the slide thumbnail window. merge powerpoint, How to Merge PowerPoint Presentations

The location of the slide will highlight with a red border. To make things even easier; PowerPoint will automatically update your final presentation to the design of the receiving document. You can always update the design of the entire document by using the Design function at the top of your presentation.