Use PowerPoint Slide Finder

Learn to use this function to copy frequently used slides

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If you create many PowerPoint presentations, you might use the same basic information over and over. PowerPoint Slide Finder is a useful tool to quickly locate a specific slide or slides. Then, it's a simple matter to copy this slide to the current presentation, make slight edits, and quickly finish a new presentation.

Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint versions 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, PowerPoint for Office 365, and PowerPoint for Mac.

Access the Slide Finder

To access the Slide Finder, use the Reuse Slides feature in PowerPoint.

  1. Open the presentation you want to work on.

  2. On the Slides pane, select the slide that will precede the slide you will insert.

  3. Go to the Insert tab.

  4. In the Slides group, select New Slide. On a Mac, go to the Home tab and select the New Slide drop-down arrow.

  5. Select Reuse Slides to open the Slide Finder.

    Reuse Slides in PowerPoint
  6. Scroll through the list to locate the PowerPoint presentation file that contains the slide or slides you want to add to the presentation.

    If you don't see the presentation, enter the filename in the Search box.

  7. Select a PowerPoint presentation to display the slide thumbnails in the Reuse Slides pane.

  8. Select the slide you want to insert.

    Reuse Slides task pane in PowerPoint
  9. The slide appears in the Slides pane of the open presentation.