Slide Basics

Understand the basics of working with PowerPoint slides and PowerPoint slide templates, including changing views and slides.

Working with slides

To insert a new slide:

  1. From the Home tab, click the bottom half of the New Slide command to open the menu of slide layout options.
    New Slide commandNew Slide command
  2. Select the slide you want to insert.
    Choosing a slideChoosing a slide
  3. A new slide will be added your presentation.

To instantly add a slide that uses the same layout as the one you have selected, click the top half of the New Slide command.

New SlideNew Slide

To copy and paste a slide:

  1. On the Slides tab in the left pane, select the slide you want to copy.
  2. Click the Copy command on the Home tab. You can also right-click your selection and choose Copy.
    Copy commandCopy command
  3. In the left pane, click just below a slide—or between two slides—to choose the location where you want the copy to appear. A horizontal insertion point will mark the location.
    Slide insertion pointSlide insertion point
  4. Click the Paste command on the Home tab. You can also right-click and choose Paste. The copied slide will appear.
    Paste commandPaste command

To select multiple slides, press and hold Ctrl on your keyboard and click the slides you want to select.

To duplicate a slide:

An alternative to copying and pasting, duplicating slides copies the selected slide and—in one step—pastes it directly underneath. This feature does not allow you to choose the location of the copied slide, nor does it offer Paste Options for advanced users, so it's more convenient for quickly inserting similar slides.

  1. Select the slide you want to duplicate.
  2. Click the New Slide command.
  3. Choose Duplicate Selected Slides from the drop-down menu.
    Duplicate Selected Slides commandDuplicate Selected Slides command
  4. A copy of the selected slide appears underneath the original.
    A duplicated slideA duplicated slide

To delete a slide:

  1. Select the slide you want to delete.
  2. Press the Delete or Backspace key on your keyboard.

To move a slide:

  1. Select the slide you want to move.
  2. Click, hold, and drag your mouse to a new location. A horizontal insertion point will mark the location.
    Slide insertion pointSlide insertion point
  3. Release the mouse button. The slide will appear in the new location.