How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slides

In this course:

  • What is a slide master?
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  • Add, rearrange, duplicate, and delete slides in PowerPoint
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  • Apply a slide layout
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  • Add color and design to your slides with Themes
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  • Apply a template to a new presentation
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  • Get design ideas for slides
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  • Customize a slide master
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  • Change the page orientation in PowerPoint between landscape and portrait
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  • Organize your PowerPoint slides into sections
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  • Add a DRAFT watermark to the background of slides
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  • Create, merge, and group objects on a slide
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  • Guides for arranging things on a slide in PowerPoint
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  • Change the order in which stacked objects, placeholders, or shapes appear on a slide
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  • Rotate or flip an object
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When creating your presentation, you’ll typically add new slides, move your slides around, and delete the slides you don’t need.

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slides

Add slides

Select the slide you want your new slide to follow.

Select Home > New Slide.

Select a layout.

Select the text box and type.

Delete slides

For a single slide: Right-click the slide in the thumbnail pane on the left, and select Delete Slide.

For multiple slides: Press and hold Ctrl, and in the thumbnail pane on the left, select the slides. Release the Ctrl key. Then right-click the selection and choose Delete Slide.

For a sequence of slides: Press and hold Shift, and in the thumbnail pane on the left, select the first and last slides in the sequence. Release the Shift key. Then right-click the selection and choose Delete Slide.

Duplicate a slide

In the thumbnail pane on the left, right-click the slide thumbnail that you want to duplicate, and then click Duplicate Slide. The duplicate is inserted immediately after the original.

Rearrange the order of slides

In the pane on the left, click the thumbnail of the slide that you want to move, and then drag it to the new location.

To select multiple slides: Press and hold Ctrl, and in the pane on the left, click each slide that you want to move. Release the Ctrl key, and then drag the selected slides as a group to the new location.

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Add a new slide

In Normal view, on the left slide thumbnail pane, click the slide that you want your new slide to follow.

On the Home tab, click the arrow next to New Slide.

In the gallery of layouts, click the layout that you want for your new slide.

Your new slide is inserted, and you can click inside a placeholder to begin adding content.

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slides

Rearrange the order of slides

In the pane on the left, click the thumbnail of the slide that you want to move, and then drag it to the new location.

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slides

Tip: To select multiple slides, press and hold the Command key while you click each slide that you want to move, and then drag them as a group to the new location.

Delete a slide

In the pane on the left, Ctrl+click or right-click the slide thumbnail that you want to delete, and then click Delete Slide.

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slides

Alternatively, click the slide you want to delete, and then press Delete.

Duplicate a slide

In the pane on the left, Ctrl+click or right-click the slide thumbnail that you want to duplicate, and then click Duplicate Slide.

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slides

Another way to see all your slides at once and rearrange them is by using Slide Sorter view. Read about it in Switch to different views in PowerPoint.

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slides

When working on a presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint, you will most likely perform actions such as creating new slides, changing their order, arranging them by theme, deleting unnecessary slides or even temporarily hiding slides. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to do all of this to turn any of our templates into your own presentation.

First, let’s see how to create a new slide. There are several ways to do this:

  1. Select any slide and press Ctrl + M in Windows, or Cmd + M in Mac. A new slide will be created with the same design as the selected slide.
  2. Right-click any slide and choose New Slide. A new slide will be created below the selected slide.

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slidesNew Slide option

  1. On the Home tab, in the Slides group, click New Slide (if you click the little arrow, you’ll also be able to choose the design for this new slide).

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slidesNew Slide drop-down menu

Creating a new slide might not always be the best option for you. You might want to keep a certain clipped image or part of a text from a previous slide in a new one. In this case, it’s best if you duplicate a slide.

To duplicate a slide, select it, right-click and choose Duplicate Slide.

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slidesDuplicate Slide option

You might also need to delete a slide from your presentation because you do no longer want it.

To delete a slide, select it, right-click and choose Delete Slide. You can also select it and just press the Delete or Backspace key. Remember that you can select multiple slides by holding the Ctrl key (Cmd in Mac) while clicking them. This might be useful if you want to remove several slides at the same time.

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slidesDelete Slide option

You can also re-arrange the slides, that is, moving them from one position to another. To do that, select the ones you want to move and drag them to the desired position. As mentioned before, to select multiple slides, hold the Ctrl key (Cmd in Mac) while clicking them.

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slidesMoving slides

Here’s one more thing: if you don’t want a certain slide to show up during your presentation, you don’t need to create a new file with the same presentation without that slide. You have the option of hiding it.

To do this, select the slide or slides that you want to hide, right-click and choose Hide Slide. They will no longer be visible in your presentation. Any hidden slide will have its number crossed out, so you can identify them easily.

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slidesHide Slide option How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slidesHidden slide

We’ve reached the end of the tutorial. If you want to keep learning about PowerPoint, stay tuned for more Slidesgo School content. We also have tutorials on how to work with presentations in Google Slides, so check them out too. Learn with us and use our templates to create awesome presentations!

A PowerPoint add-in can add slides to the presentation and optionally specify which slide master, and which layout of the master, is used for the new slide. The add-in can also delete slides.

The APIs for adding slides are in preview and not available for production add-ins. The API for deleting slides has been released.

The APIs for adding slides are primarily used in scenarios where the IDs of the slide masters and layouts in the presentation are known at coding time or can be found in a data source at runtime. In such a scenario, either you or the customer must create and maintain a data source that correlates the selection criterion (such as the names or images of slide masters and layouts) with the IDs of the slide masters and layouts. The APIs can also be used in scenarios where the user can insert slides that use the default slide master and the master’s default layout, and in scenarios where the user can select an existing slide and create a new one with the same slide master and layout (but not the same content). See Selecting which slide master and layout to use for more information about this.

Add a slide with SlideCollection.add (preview)

Preview APIs are subject to change and are not intended for use in a production environment. We recommend that you try them out in test and development environments only. Do not use preview APIs in a production environment or within business-critical documents.

To use preview APIs:

  • You must reference the beta library on the CDN (https://appsforoffice.microsoft.com/lib/beta/hosted/office.js). The type definition file for TypeScript compilation and IntelliSense is found at the CDN and DefinitelyTyped. You can install these types with npm install –save-dev @types/office-js-preview .
  • You may need to join the Office Insider program for access to more recent Office builds.

Add slides with the SlideCollection.add method. The following is a simple example in which a slide that uses the presentation’s default slide master and the first layout of that master is added. The method always adds new slides to the end of the presentation. The following is an example:

Selecting which slide master and layout to use

Use the AddSlideOptions parameter to control which slide master is used for the new slide and which layout within the master is used. The following is an example. Note the following about this code:

  • You can include either or both the properties of the AddSlideOptions object.
  • If both properties are used, then the specified layout must belong to the specified master or an error is thrown.
  • If the masterId property isn’t present (or its value is an empty string), then the default slide master is used and the layoutId must be a layout of that slide master.
  • The default slide master is the slide master used by the last slide in the presentation. (In the unusual case where there are currently no slides in the presentation, then the default slide master is the first slide master in the presentation.)
  • If the layoutId property isn’t present (or its value is an empty string), then the first layout of the master that is specified by the masterId is used.
  • Both properties are strings of one of three possible forms: nnnnnnnnnn#, #mmmmmmmmm, or nnnnnnnnnn#mmmmmmmmm, where nnnnnnnnnn is the master’s or layout’s ID (typically 10 digits) and mmmmmmmmm is the master’s or layout’s creation ID (typically 6 – 10 digits). Some examples are 2147483690#2908289500 , 2147483690# , and #2908289500 .

There is no practical way that users can discover the ID or creation ID of a slide master or layout. For this reason, you can really only use the AddSlideOptions parameter when either you know the IDs at coding time or your add-in can discover them at runtime. Because users can’t be expected to memorize the IDs, you also need a way to enable the user to select slides, perhaps by name or by an image, and then correlate each title or image with the slide’s ID.

Accordingly, the AddSlideOptions parameter is primarily used in scenarios in which the add-in is designed to work with a specific set of slide masters and layouts whose IDs are known. In such a scenario, either you or the customer must create and maintain a data source that correlates a selection criterion (such as slide master and layout names or images) with the corresponding IDs or creation IDs.

Have the user choose a matching slide

If your add-in can be used in scenarios where the new slide should use the same combination of slide master and layout that is used by an existing slide, then your add-in can (1) prompt the user to select a slide and (2) read the IDs of the slide master and layout. The following steps show how to read the IDs and add a slide with a matching master and layout.

Create a method to get the index of the selected slide. The following is an example. Note about this code:

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slides

  1. In the left slide thumbnail pane, choose the slide that you want to position your new slide.
  1. On the Home tab, press New Slide.
  1. In the New Slide dialogue box, pick the desired layout for formatting your new slide.
  1. Choose Add Slide.

Your new slide is integrated, and you can select inside a placeholder to start creating content.

Rearrange the order of slides

In the left pane, choose the thumbnail of the slide that you prefer to move, and then drag it to the desired location.

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slides

Tip: To select several slides, press and hold Ctrl while you choose each slide that you want to move, and then drag them altogether to the new location.

Delete a slide

In the pane by the left, right-click the slide thumbnail that you want to erase (press and hold Ctrl to pick several slides, or press and hold Shift to choose numerous sequential slides), and then press Delete Slide.

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slides

Duplicate a slide

In the pane on the left, right-click the slide thumbnail that you want to duplicate, and then click Duplicate Slide.

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slides

  1. In the left slide thumbnail pane, choose the slide that you want to position your new slide.
  1. On the Home tab, press New Slide.
  1. In the New Slide dialogue box, pick the desired layout for formatting your new slide.
  1. Choose Add Slide.

Your new slide is integrated, and you can select inside a placeholder to start creating content.

Rearrange the order of slides

In the left pane, choose the thumbnail of the slide that you prefer to move, and then drag it to the desired location.

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slides

Tip: To select several slides, press and hold Ctrl while you choose each slide that you want to move, and then drag them altogether to the new location.

Delete a slide

In the pane by the left, right-click the slide thumbnail that you want to erase (press and hold Ctrl to pick several slides, or press and hold Shift to choose numerous sequential slides), and then press Delete Slide.

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slides

Duplicate a slide

In the pane on the left, right-click the slide thumbnail that you want to duplicate, and then click Duplicate Slide.

When I turn on View Guides I get two sets of guides:

    the regular pair, horizontal and vertical, gray-colored. They behave properly: I can grab them and move them around.

a spurious pair, which happen to be red-brown colored. I can’t grab or right-click them, and therefore can’t do anything with them.

In particular, I can’t remove them. I can get rid of them by turning off View Guides, but that gets rid of the regular pair as well, and I don’t want to do that.

Does anyone know how I can get rid of the spurious guides?

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PowerPoint now allows you to put guides on the slides and, independently, on layouts/masters. The red-brown ones are on the master/layout(s). Choose View | Slide Master and you should be able to grab/remove those guides.

Guides on the main slide master (the one at the very top) will appear on all of the layouts; and individual layouts can have their own sets of guides that only appear on slides based on that layout.

These are quite useful, since:

– Each layout can have its own set of guides, and

– Because these guides are on the master/layouts, you can’t accidentally nudge or delete them while working on slides

I wouldn’t spend a lot of time following up on Hugo’s reply. Sorry, Hugo.

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How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slides

In Microsoft PowerPoint, a presentation is made up of multiple slides. There are several ways to create or add a slide in a PowerPoint presentation. After adding slides, you can move the slides around, and you can delete slides.

For instructions on how to add, move, and delete slides in PowerPoint, click a link below.

  • Insert new slide.
  • Copy and paste existing slide.
  • Insert slide from another presentation.
  • Move a slide.
  • Delete a slide.

Insert new slide

To insert a new, blank slide into a presentation, follow the steps below.

  1. In the slide preview pane on the left, left-click with your mouse in-between two slides where you want to insert a slide.
  2. In the PowerPoint Ribbon, on the Home or Insert tab, click the New Slide option.
  3. In the drop-down menu that opens, select the type of slide to insert. The new slide will be inserted into the presentation where you clicked in step 1 above.

Copy and paste existing slide

To add a copy of an existing slide to a presentation, follow the steps below.

  1. In the slide preview pane on the left, find the existing slide you want to copy.
  2. Using your mouse, right-click that slide and select Copy in the pop-up menu.
  3. Determine where you want to add the copied slide. Right-click the slide above where you want to paste the copied slide.
  4. In the pop-up menu that appears, in the Paste Options section, click the middle paste option icon to paste the slide. The middle paste option pastes the slide using the same formatting as the slide you copied.

Insert slide from another presentation

To add a slide from another presentation, follow the steps below.

  1. In the slide preview pane on the left, left-click with your mouse in-between two slides where you want to insert a slide.
  2. In the PowerPoint Ribbon, on the Home or Insert tab, click the New Slide option.
  3. In the drop-down menu that opens, click the Reuse Slides option at the bottom.
  4. In the Reuse Slides pane that opens on the right, click the Browse button and select Browse File.
  5. Find the PowerPoint presentation file with the slide you want to add to the currently open presentation, and click the Open button.
  6. A preview of the slides is displayed below the Browse option. Left-click the slide you want to insert into the currently open presentation. A new slide will be inserted, with text from the selected slide included in the new slide.
  7. To also apply the formatting of the selected slide to the newly inserted slide, right-click the selected slide and select Apply Theme to Selected Slides.

Move a slide

To move a slide to another location in a PowerPoint presentation, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. In the left preview pane, find the slide you want to move.
  3. Press and hold the left mouse button on the slide, then drag the slide up or down to where you want to move it.
  4. Release the left mouse button when you have dragged the slide to its new location.

Delete a slide

To delete a slide in a PowerPoint presentation, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. In the left preview pane, click the slide you want to delete.
  3. Press the delete key to delete the slide.

We typically use powerpoint to facilitate our experiments. We use “sections” in powerpoint to keep groups of slides together for each experimental task. Moving the sections to counterbalance the task order of the experiment has been a lot of work!

I thought we might be able to predefine a counterbalance order (using a string of numbers representing the order of the sections) in a CSV which could be read from python. Then using python-pptx move the sections and save the file for each order. The problem I am having is understanding how to read sections from the python-pptx. If anyone has a better solution than python please let me know.

Thanks for your help!

How to add delete and rearrange powerpoint slides

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Right now, adding a slide is the only operation on the slide collection. On the backlog at the time of writing is deleting a slide and moving a slide to a different position in the list. Copying a slide from one presentation to another turns out to be pretty hard to get right in the general case, so that probably won’t come until more of the backlog is burned down.

Or in other words it currently is not possible to move slides as you have suggested. The best work around I have used is to generate a new presentation and reorder the slides into this (since you can add slides).

For instance say I have slides in Presentation1.pptx of:

Your code (in untested pseudocode of sorts) would be:

Where populate_new_slide_from_old_slide() would look like (pretty sure this would work as is, but again I didn’t test it):

I believe that placeholders are shapes too so they should be transferred via this method!

Take heed I haven’t coded .pptx for a while, so the actual implementation might be slightly different. As a concept though, this is currently the only way to do what you’re asking. In my opinion if you are actively generating the data (as opposed to just reorganizing it after the fact) it would probably be simpler to just make a new_presentation object and plug your data into that. It seems odd to me to keep generating output in the old format and then converting it to the new format. For instance, when DVDs came out people started putting their movies on that (the sensible option) instead of making VHS and then porting the VHS to DVD through some arbitrary method (the very peculiar option I am trying to dissuade you from).

Learn how to add and remove table rows and columns in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. You can choose the position of new rows or columns and also delete them, as needed.

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher

Date Created: March 24, 2014
Last Updated: March 24, 2014

After you insert a table in PowerPoint, you will certainly fill it with some content. Even after your table is populated, it may require more additions or deletions later. Like anything else in life, tables need to grow and accommodate more content, or they may even need to shed some of it. Adding or removing content within a table usually entails adding and removing table rows and columns, as required. Follow these steps to learn more in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows:

  1. Open your presentation and navigate to a slide containing the table you need to edit. Select the table, as shown in Figure 1. Then, select the Table Tools Layout tab of the Ribbon (highlighted in red within Figure 1).
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    Figure 1: Table Tools Layout tab of the Ribbon