How to Copy a PowerPoint Design Template to Another Presentation

Instructions for PowerPoint 2016, 2013, 2010, and 2007

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You want to create a presentation in a hurry using the color scheme and formatting of another presentation, such as your company’s own design template complete with company colors and a logo. 

If you have an existing PowerPoint presentation that uses the design template you want, it's a simple process to copy the slide master design, complete with fonts, colors, and graphics, to a new presentation.

Doing this involves having both PowerPoint files open and then doing a simple copy/paste between them.

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How to Copy a Slide Master in PowerPoint 2016 and 2013

  1. Open the View tab of the presentation that contains the slide master you want to copy from, and select Slide Master from the Master Views area.
  2. In the slide thumbnail pane on the left side of the screen, right-click (or tap-and-hold) the slide master and select Copy.

    Note: From the left-hand pane, the slide master is the larger thumbnail image - you might have to scroll to the very top to see it. Some presentations contain more than one slide master.
  3. On the View tab, select Switch Windows and choose the new presentation you want to paste the slide master into.

    Note: If you don't see the other PowerPoint presentation from this drop-down menu, it means that the other file isn't open. Open it now and then return to this step to select it from the list.
  4. On the View tab of the new presentation, select the Slide Master button to open the Slide Master tab.
  5. Right-click or tap-and-hold on the pane to the left, and choose Paste to insert the slide from the other presentation.
  6. You can now select Close Master View to close that newly opened tab in PowerPoint.

Important: 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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How to Copy a Slide Master in PowerPoint 2010 and 2007

Use PowerPoint format painter to copy the design template
Use PowerPoint Format Painter to copy the design template. © Wendy Russell
  1. Click or tap the View tab of the presentation that contains the slide master you want to copy from, and select Slide Master
  2. In the slide thumbnail pane on the left side of the screen, right-click or tap-and-hold on the slide master and select Copy.

    Note: The slider master is the larger thumbnail at the very top of the page. Some PowerPoint presentations have more than one.
  3. On the View tab, select Switch Windows and choose the new presentation you want to paste the slide master into.
  4. On the View tab of the new presentation, open Slide Master.
  5. In the thumbnail pane, click or tap the location for the slide master with a right-click (or tap-and-hold) on a blank slide master so that you can choose Paste.

    The other option is to click/tap just beneath the last slide layout and choose the icon with the brush to maintain the theme of the presentation you copied from.
  6. On the Slide Master tab, choose Close Master View
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