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24. Copy and Paste Content in Presentation


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In this chapter, we will understand how to copy and paste content in PowerPoint 2010. PowerPoint offers to the users a wide range of options when it comes to duplicating content. PowerPoint has the standard cut and copy functions but allows variations of paste options.

Cut Option

This option allows you to cut content from the slide – this means the original content is being moved to a different location hence the content will be deleted from its original location when you use this option. To cut a content, you need to select it and press “Ctrl + X” or right-click on the selected content and select Cut.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

Copy Option

This option allows you to copy content from one location to another; hence the original content is retained it its place while the duplicate content can be pasted. To copy a portion of content, you need to select it and press “Ctrl + C” or right-click on the selected content and select Copy.

Paste Option

This option allows you to paste the cut or copied content at the desired location. There are multiple paste options for you to choose from. These options are indicated by different icons when you right-click at the desired location. Even if you do not remember the icons, you can hover your cursor on top of them for tooltip explanations. The table below describes the paste options in PowerPoint.

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S.NoPaste Option & Description
1Destination Theme

Pasted content adopts the destination theme.

2Keep Source Formatting

Pasted content retains the source formatting – available for table or Excel content.

3Picture

Content is pasted as an image – once pasted as an image, the content cannot be modified.

4Keep Text Only

Pastes just the text – available for table or Excel content.

You can also paste content using “Ctrl + V“. In this case, you can make changes to the pasted object by pressing the Ctrl key to get access to the paste options. Note that these options are available only immediately after pasting. If you perform some other action, you will not be able to make changes based on the paste options.

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