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In this lesson we're going to see how we can use a library in one project that's coming from another project. We're going to start by creating a new blank document. You can do it from your welcome screen by choosing Create New, blank document which is right here, or from the File menu you can choose New Project > Blank Project from the top of the list. Set the product size to 800x600 then click OK. The library in this project is empty. It's empty because we haven't added any content to this project yet.
It would be handy if I could access a library in another project. That way I can manage that library in that one project without having to worry about distributing that content to many others. Let's do that now. From the Library panel I can choose Open Library and then Open Library. Browse to the Project folder in Chapter 8 Exercise Files and choose Chapter 8 Library.cptl. You'll get a new library window that will open.
Let's expand it so that we can see it. All of the library items from the Chapter 8 library.cptl file are now available for us to use. We can pin this library to the existing panel on the right by dragging the tab next to the other Library panel. Click and drag to the right. When you see the blue outline release your mouse. Now we have both libraries available for use in this project. This is the empty one that represents the contents of this project right now.
This is the library from the other file. Let's quickly build a master slide. Under Window choose Master Slide and then down in the Library panel select HandPBackground and drag it onto the stage. Command+0 or Ctrl+0 to show the entire stage and drag this to the upper left-hand corner. Switch back to slide number 1. Now we're well on our way to building a project that's using the library items from another project.
Let's save this as Chapter 8_a. The ability to open external libraries allows groups of people to be able to work together. You can store a library on a file server for instance and multiple people can be accessing that library at the same time through the Library panel. It's a great way for a group to maintain branding across multiple projects and multiple users.
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