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Solved: How to Delete a Slide in PowerPoint

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Oh no, I just deleted a slide by mistake! How can I restore it!? Some of us may have heard these words been shouting in the office space, but I heard the opposite a couple of days ago. Can anyone please tell me how to delete a slide in PowerPoint? In this article, I will teach you these two simple tasks; how to delete a slide in PowerPoint and how to restore a deleted slide.

How to delete a slide in PowerPoint? You delete a slide in PowerPoint by right-clicking the slide thumbnail on the left and select Delete Slide. If you want to delete multiple slides in PowerPoint: press and hold the Ctrl key, select the slides in the thumbnail view. Now, release the Ctrl key and right-click the selected slides, and click Delete Slides.

As you can tell, it is very easy to delete one or more slides in PowerPoint by following the instructions above. But, if you deleted one of your beautiful slides by mistake, how can you restore that deleted slide? Keep reading, and I will tell you exactly how.

How to Delete a Slide in PowerPoint

Delete One Slide

This situation may be the most common case that you just want to delete a single slide in PowerPoint. Maybe you are not satisfied with the result, or the slide just does not fill the intended purpose. Anyhow, follow the instructions below to learn how to delete a slide in PowerPoint.

1. Navigate to the thumbnails area and locate the slide you want to delete.

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2. Right-Click the slide and select “Delete Slide.”

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You have now successfully deleted a slide in PowerPoint. I the next chapter, you will learn how to delete several consecutive slides in PowerPoint.

Delete Several Consecutive Slides

To delete several consecutive slides in PowerPoint may be the second most used application of how to delete a slide in PowerPoint. Maybe you want to delete the whole section of your presentation; if that is the case, just follow the steps outlined below.

1. Navigate to the thumbnails area and locate and select the first slide you want to delete.

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2. Hold down Shift and click the last slide in the series of slides you wish to delete.

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3. Right-Click any of the selected slides and select “Delete Slide.”

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Congratulations, now you know how to delete a series of consecutive slides in Microsoft PowerPoint. I will teach you how to delete several non-consecutive slides with just one click in the next sections. Keep on reading.

Delete Non-Consecutive Slides

Sometimes there are several slides that you want to delete that are spread out across your presentation. There is a simple method listed below to achieve this in a fast and effective way. Just follow the steps below.

  1. Navigate to the thumbnails area and locate the first slide you want to delete.
  2. Select the first slide in the slide you want to delete.
  3. Now, hold Ctrl while selecting the rest of the slides you want to delete.
  4. Right-Click any of the selected slides and select “Delete Slide.”

Perfect! Now, you have learned everything worth learning about how to delete a slide in PowerPoint. However, do you think I have missed something in this article? Please drop a comment below, and I will add it to the article shortly.

How to Delete a Slide in PowerPoint Without Right-Click

I was about to forget about this one! Like me, if you prefer to use keyboard shortcuts instead of right-clicking all the time, here is a tip for you. Below you will learn how to delete a slide in PowerPoint without right-clicking.

  1. Navigate to the thumbnails area and locate the first slide you want to delete.
  2. Select the slide and simply click Ctrl + X.

You have now successfully deleted a slide without right-clicking at any point. If you want to delete multiple slides without right-clicking, you can use the same methods explained earlier in the article. However, instead of right-clicking, you can just click Ctrl + X, or if you have multiple slides selected, you can press the “Delete” button on your keyboard.

How to Delete a Whole PowerPoint Presentation

If deleting a slide in PowerPoint is not just enough for you, and you want to delete a whole PowerPoint presentation, I will present the method below. There are actually a couple of methods you can apply.

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The first method of how to delete a whole PowerPoint presentation is to do it from within PowerPoint. This is a great method if you want to redo your whole presentation. If you want to delete your whole presentation from the face of the earth, you can skip to the next few paragraphs.

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

  1. Select the first slide in the presentation from the thumbnail view to the left.
  2. Press Crtl + A on your keyboard to select all the slides.
  3. Press “Delete” on your keyboard.

You have now taken the concept of deleting a slide in PowerPoint one step further and deleted all your slides. If you want to delete a whole PowerPoint presentation, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Quit your PowerPoint application.
  2. Locate the folder where the presentation you wish to delete is located.
  3. Select the file and click Shift + Delete on your keyboard.

Now you have successfully deleted your whole PowerPoint presentation, and it cannot be restored in a simple way, at least.

Oops, did you manage to delete a slide by accident? Keep on reading to learn how to restore a deleted slide in PowerPoint.   

Pro Tip! Do you need to convert PowerPoint to Google Slides? Check out this easy to follow step-by-step tutorial.

Restore a Deleted Slide in PowerPoint

Okay, by now, you have learned how to delete a slide in PowerPoint, but also how to delete several slides at the same time. However, often you will delete slides that you did not intend to delete. This is not a disaster; to restore deleted slides in PowerPoint are really simple if you notice your mistake in time.

To restore your deleted slides in PowerPoint, you simply have to navigate to the top-left corner of your presentation. Then locate a curved arrow-like symbol next to the save symbol and click it. If you hover your mouse over the symbol, it should say “Undo.”

Now you have successfully restored your deleted slide or slides. However, if you like me prefer to use keyboard shortcuts, I suggest you try to click Ctrl + Z. This is the universal way to regret actions in all Microsoft’s software.

Conclusion

As you can tell, the process of how to delete a slide in PowerPoint is a very simple process if you know how to do it. In this article, we have described the exact process in a step-by-step manner. If you came all the way down here for a quick answer, here you go:

  1. Navigate to the thumbnail section to the left in PowerPoint.
  2. Select the slide you want to delete.
  3. Right-click the slide and click Delete Slide.

That was quite easy, wasn’t it? If you regret your deletion just navigate to the top-left of PowerPoint and click “Undo.” It looks like a left-curved arrow. If you prefer to restore your slide using keyboard shortcuts, I suggest you click Ctrl + Z.

Have you ever deleted a PowerPoint slide by mistake that you were not able to restore? Please share your story below, and I will share some embarrassing mistakes of my own.

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Happy PowerPointing!

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