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If you standard slides or themes that you always use in your presentations, for example, closing slides with company information, you don't need to re-create them every time. You can literally pull them right out of past files. This presentation doesn't have the artwork that Samoca likes to use as its opening and closing slides, but Samoca has a slide deck saved on its server that all employees can use to pull readymade slides. To add these new slides from another file click on the bottom-half of the New Slide button and down at the bottom choose Reuse Slides. The pane opens up on the right-hand side.
The first option says Open a Slide Library. This is a tool that you can use if your company is running a SharePoint server. It creates a library where anyone can store slides in a repository available to all users. We are going to open up one of our own PowerPoint files. So I'll click on this link right here. I'll navigate to Chapter 9 and click on the mediaslides presentation. Here are the slides in that presentation. At the bottom there is a checkmark for Keep source formatting.
If you want the slide to maintain these original settings you would turn on that checkmark, but leave it unchecked if you want to automatically apply the current theme to the incoming slides. So I'll click on my desired slide and it appears in my slideshow. I will drag it to the position where I want it in my deck. Now I am going to go down to the bottom. I will click on my last slide and I will click on this slide right here. It will take a moment and it will import, and then I'll do my last slide.
You can also use this feature to apply an already existing theme to a new project. Right-click on any of these slides and I'm going to choose Apply Theme to All Slides. Not only am I applying the design, but all the customizations that I've made to that theme including colors and fonts. While you could open up multiple files and simply cut and paste slides from one to another, reusing slides allows you to create a streamlined workflow. Compiling a repository of frequently used slides into one file gives you one destination to call together content for your current project.
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