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Here are the common ways to add, re-arrange, and delete slides in your presentation.

Add a new slide

  1. Select Home > New Slide, or select a layout from the New Slide drop-down.

  2. To rearrange the order of the slides, select and drag the slide thumbnail where you want it.

    Tip:  To select multiple slides, press Ctrl while you select each slide. Then drag them as a group to the new location.

  3. To add a new slide, you can also right-click a slide in the thumbnail area, and select New Slide, or press Ctrl + M.

    The layout of the new slide is the same layout for the previous slide.

  4. Select Home > Layout to select a different layout.

Delete a slide

  • Select the slide you want to delete and press Backspace or Delete on your keyboard.

    Or, right-click the slide and select Delete Slide.

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Add, rearrange, and delete slides in PowerPoint

There's several ways to add new slides to your presentation.

Click the New Slide button up here to instantly add a new slide, or you can click the menu below that to choose from different layouts.

Now, notice this new slide has been added as the second slide of my presentation.

This is because I had the first slide selected when I added the new one.

New slides always appear immediately after the current slide, but I can easily move this by simply dragging it up or down to change its position in the order.

Also notice that its thumbnail is blank because the only things on it right now are the placeholders, which we know don't actually contain any content, but we'll add content later.

Another way to add new slides to your presentation is to right-click here in the thumbnail area, and from this menu, you can choose new slide, and there's my new slide.

Now, an important thing to notice here is that the layout of the new slide is the same layout for the previous slide we added.

In this case, the content with captions slide.

Anytime you add a new slide using the new slide button or the right-click option or the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl + M, the new slide will use the layout of the previous slide.

If I press Ctrl + M right now, that's m as in microphone, I now have a third new slide with the content and caption layout.

But as we saw earlier, you can select any slide, and then click the layout menu up here in the ribbon and choose a different layout.

Now that I've done that, if I create another new slide with Ctrl + M, this new slide now has the title and content layout, as well.

Now, this is probably more slides than I need right now.

To delete any slide, simply select it and press Backspace or Delete on your keyboard.

You could also right-click on a slide and choose Delete Slide from here.

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