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PPT: How to Create One Presentation Using the -i Command Switch

Article ID: 169450

Article Last Modified on 8/17/2005


  • Microsoft PowerPoint 95 Standard Edition

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This article describes how to start PowerPoint and insert slides from one or more presentation files into a single new presentation file. To do this, you can use the -i switch when you start PowerPoint.


To start PowerPoint and insert one or more presentation files into a single new presentation file, follow these steps:

  1. Create three PowerPoint files. For example, create three files called Start.ppt, Middle.ppt, and Finish.ppt. Save these files in the My Documents folder.
  2. On the Start menu, click Run.
  3. In the Open box, type the following command:

    powerpnt -i c:\My Documents\start.ppt c:\My Documents

    \middle.ppt c:\My Documents\finish.ppt

    NOTE: The above command is one path; it has been wrapped for readability.
  4. Click OK.

    PowerPoint starts and creates a new presentation that contains copies of all the slides from Start.ppt, Middle.ppt, and Finish.ppt.

NOTE: This presentation is not based on any of the templates that ship with PowerPoint; however, you can, apply the template you want after PowerPoint creates the presentation.

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