How to create or add a slide in Microsoft PowerPoint

Updated: 08/02/2020 by Computer Hope
Illustration: Create or add a slide in PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, a presentation is made up of multiple slides. There are several ways to create or add a slide in a PowerPoint presentation. After adding slides, you can move the slides around, and you can delete slides.

For instructions on how to add, move, and delete slides in PowerPoint, click a link below.

Insert new slide

To insert a new slide into a presentation, follow the steps below.

  1. In the slide preview pane on the left, left-click with your mouse in-between two slides where you want to insert a slide.
  2. In the PowerPoint Ribbon, on the Home or Insert tab, click the New Slide option.
  3. In the drop-down menu that opens, select the type of slide to insert. The new slide will be inserted into the presentation where you clicked in step 1 above.

Copy and paste existing slide

To add a copy of an existing slide to a presentation, follow the steps below.

  1. In the slide preview pane on the left, find the existing slide you want to copy.
  2. Using your mouse, right-click on that slide and select Copy in the pop-up menu.
  3. Determine where you want to add the copied slide. Right-click the slide above where you want to paste the copied slide.
  4. In the pop-up menu that appears, in the Paste Options section, click the middle paste option icon to paste the slide. The middle paste option will paste the slide using the same formatting as the slide you copied.

Insert slide from another presentation

To add a slide from another presentation, follow the steps below.

  1. In the slide preview pane on the left, left-click with your mouse in-between two slides where you want to insert a slide.
  2. In the PowerPoint Ribbon, on the Home or Insert tab, click the New Slide option.
  3. In the drop-down menu that opens, click the Reuse Slides option at the bottom.
  4. In the Reuse Slides pane that opens on the right, click the Browse button and select Browse File.
  5. Find the PowerPoint presentation file that contains the slide you want to add to the currently open presentation, and click the Open button.
  6. A preview of the slides is displayed below the Browse option. Left-click the slide you want to insert into the currently open presentation. A new slide will be inserted, with text from the selected slide included in the new slide.
  7. To also apply the formatting of the selected slide to the newly inserted slide, right-click the selected slide and select Apply Theme to Selected Slides.

Move a slide

To move a slide to another location in a PowerPoint presentation, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. In the left preview pane, find the slide you want to move.
  3. Press and hold the left mouse button on the slide, then drag the slide up or down to where you want to move it.
  4. Release the left mouse button when you have dragged the slide to its new location.

Delete a slide

To delete a slide in a PowerPoint presentation, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. In the left preview pane, click the slide you want to delete.
  3. Press the delete key to delete the slide.