Slide Basics

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

Organizing slides

PowerPoint presentations can contain as many slides as you need. The Slide Navigation pane on the left side of the screen makes it easy to organize your slides. From there, you can duplicate, rearrange, and delete slides in your presentation.

The Slide Navigation pane

Working with slides

To copy and paste slides:

If you want to create several slides with the same layout, you may find it easier to copy and paste a slide you've already created instead of starting with an empty slide.

  1. Select the slide you want to copy in the Slide Navigation pane, then click the Copy command on the Home tab. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+C on your keyboard.
    Selecting a slide and clicking the Copy command
  2. In the Slide Navigation pane, click just below a slide (or between two slides) to choose a paste location. A horizontal insertion point will appear.
    Choosing a paste location
  3. Click the Paste command on the Home tab. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+V on your keyboard.
    Clicking the Paste command
  4. The slide will appear in the selected location.
    The pasted slide