Bring back or replace the slide library
Thanks for the feedback – we appreciate the time and interest! Unfortunately, this feature was deprecated due to design limitations in the last release and it’s not currently and area we’re looking to invest in right now. That said, you can still mimic much of the functionality provided by slide libraries through reusing slides from another presentation without having to open the other file. Check out this support article for more details: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Reuse-import-slides-from-another-presentation-c67671cd-386b-45dd-a1b4-1e656458bb86
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Kartik Sundar commented
TeamSlide (www.teamsli.de), offers a replacement to SharePoint's slide library feature. It integrates with SharePoint, allowing you seamlessly replace the lost feature.
***ATTENTION***: Hope this will help with fixing the solution that MS created. So, there is only one slide deck template, for you to reuse in SP 2013, you will need to add a new folder under "New". This will create a new folder which is a new "slide deck". Not sure how many folders you can created, but I will assume a lot.
PERMISSIONS: This is tricky. The original slide deck is a document library, but the folder(s) you create will have its own permissions. Move your mouse over the new folder (in the Name column) and you will see a down arrow. Click on the down arrow--> View properties-->Shared with--> and then advanced. You might not see this if you permissions are limited.
Bring it back. The entire DoD needs this.
Raleigh Marshall commented
Agree with most of the other commenters, this feature is used extensively by several of my clients, and the proposed work-around is clunky at best. To not have a native replacement capability for this feature was a strange design choice. Also highly suspect of the cited reason for discontinuance.
There seems to be an update on the way. We currenlty have a Slide Library on our SharePoint 2016 Staging server that actually works. We are currently testing it and if all successful release to production. It looks and functions pretty much the same as the old Slide Library but Powerpoint doesn't crash and presentation generator also worked without throwing errors. The question how to get it... we have Microsoft contractors working for us...
I'd certainly agree. Not replacing this very useful functions like a significant backward step against the wishes and needs of many loyal Microsoft customers.
One observation for Microsoft...you posted your position, above, in March 2016. In April 2018, customers are still telling you it was a bad decision.
Let that sink in a moment.
Absolutely agree, a useful function Microsoft discarded with no forethought.
I'm a gov't contractor and have used the function extensively at numerous DoD offices.
They must have a separate, paid product in the works that will do the same thing.... Really, Microsoft, get a clue.
We are still maintaining an old SharePoint server with the slide library because nothing has replaced the functionality we get for the price. We believed that eventually Microsoft would come to its senses and replace this functionality, even as a separate app. Microsoft PLEASE!
TeamSlide (www.teamsli.de) offers a slide library solution that integrates with SharePoint. With their PowerPoint add-in you can access individual slides from SharePoint.
Wendy Curran commented
Do you guys even research anything before you make serious changes to your products? This is not like you removed a font choice, you removed a tool that promotes efficiency and standardization for many companies. It is literally the only reason I fought so hard for company to use SharePoint for our Intranet tool.
In addition, your Reuse Slide feature within Power Point sucks! It never pulls it in right and you have to redo everything on the slide. It also has nothing to do with why most companies use slide libraries.
Whoever made this decision at Microsoft should be fired. In addition, shame on your for implying your team cannot figure out how to find solutions to your supposed limitations. I thought Microsoft was an innovative company?
I concur 100% that deprecating the slide library was a HUGE mistake! We create thousands of PPT decks each year and most of them reuse 20-50% of the slides. Being able to reuse and bulk update slide content is a tremendous time saver! Please reconsider! We NEED the slide library!
How do we share these slide libraries now in a central repository? Hard to create a knowledge base without this feature. Someone from Microsoft really should update this post without the we can do this answer.
For PowerPoint Slide Library Solution , I recommend Epoch Slide - Please visit to learn more :https://www.iclickpoint.com/ - You can tag each slide and search slide by keyword.
I resound with the others. This is a highly valued feature that saves businesses hours of labor, puts responsibility into a slide owners hands, and maintains consistency across multiple working groups. A powerful feature!
Eliminating it has caused several of us to resort to old Microsoft products that still seem to chug along with this feature. I would bet companies would pay for a patch or add-on to keep this alive. Certainly somewhere you should look to invest.
Do you have any clue how important this feature is to our company? We depend on this feature weekly. I have a team who updates individual slides weekly for my Senior Leadership team for a company of 40K employees. My Product Managers update their slides every week and then the different VPs will go into the slide library and pick out the various different slides and create the different presentations based on the different topics of interest that they want to give presentations to the executives, which drive business decisions. You have effectively "hooked" my company on to a feature functionality (or "addicted" us)... if you will.. to your own brand of heroin, and now you are forcing us to go off of it with a very poor alternative that isn't even an MS solution. What on earth are you thinking? This is the most ill conceived idea that your Product Management staff have come up with to date! Please reconsider what lunacy this is... you are going to force us to reconsider the value of what Microsoft is doing here. Why should we be continuing to invest so much money into a company that isn't listening to their customers any more? You are losing touch!
This is seriously infuriating, and a good example of program managers who haven't a clue how product is being used.
The two major pain points with powerpoint that everyone knows (except maybe Microsoft?) are:
- The need to keep slides in-sync across various presentations. Evey presentation in every group for every department in any company does need to reuse some slides in addition to their own presentation-specific slides. The major problem is: by having to "copy" these reuse slides back as it is now, MS is basically expecting everyone to recreate their presentations all over again every time they want to present without outdated info.
-the 2ns major pain point is as everyone knows the inability to make a change across multiple slides in powerpoint (master view is not the answer). for example: delete an object from the next 5 slides, etc.
Only feature used extensively in SharePoint at my company. This is a disaster for us.
GRRR I work at a Fortune 500 company and NEED THIS FEATURE. Please find a way to bring this back!
I fully agree with the others, please give this feature back. I don't even think they know how much frustration this removed from big organisations. The replacement they point to is not even close to be a bad replacement. 1. How do you know that the presentation you are copying from contains the last version of the slide you are reusing? 2. Even though the slide you have reused is the last, with slide libraries it would update in the presentation, now it doesn't.
I work in a subunit with 300 employees in a much bigger organization. With Slide libraries our head unit, subunits, sister units could have updated versions of our slides in presentations we didn't even know about. Now we get constant questions about what is the latest slide etc.