How to Copy a PowerPoint Design Template to Another Presentation

It's quick and easy to copy over a design template

What to Know

  • In the source presentation, select View > Slide Master. In the Slide pane, right-click the Slide Master and select Copy.
  • Go to View > Switch Windows and choose the second presentation. Go to View > Slide Master. Right-click the Slide pane and select Paste.
  • Choose Use Destination Theme (keeps colors, fonts, and effects) or Keep Source Formatting (copies the source's colors, fonts, effects).

This article explains how to copy a PowerPoint design template over to another presentation. Instructions apply to PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, and PowerPoint for Microsoft 365.

How to Copy a Presentation's Design Template

It's often quicker to copy a design template from a presentation than to find it in the list of PowerPoint templates. 

  1. Go to View in the presentation that contains the design template you want to copy and select Slide Master.

    Slide Master View in PowerPoint
  2. Right-click the Slide Master in the Slide pane on the left side of the screen and select Copy.

    The Slide Master is the large thumbnail image at the top of the Slide pane. Some presentations contain more than one slide master.

    Copy Master Slide in PowerPoint
  3. Go to View, select Switch Windows, and choose the presentation you want to paste the Slide Master into.

    If you don't see the other PowerPoint presentation on this list, it means that the other file isn't open. Open it now and return to this step to select it from the list.

    Switch Windows in PowerPoint
  4. In the second presentation, go to View and select Slide Master to open the Slide Master.

    Slide Master in second PowerPoint presentation
  5. To insert the Slide Master from the other presentation, right-click on the Slide pane to the left, select Paste, and do one of the following:

    • Choose Use Destination Theme to keep the theme colors, fonts, and effects of the presentation you are pasting to.
    • Choose Keep Source Formatting to copy the theme colors, fonts, and effects of the template you are copying from.
  6. Select Close Master View.

Changes made to individual slides in the original presentation, such as font styles, do not change the design template of that presentation. Therefore, graphic objects or font changes added to individual slides do not copy over to a new presentation. 

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