(Last Updated: February 27, 2020)

In our previous tutorial, you already knew how to Create a new project with blank slides in ActivePresenter 8. In today’s tutorial, let’s find out some other ways to insert more slides into your current project, which are:

(1) Inserting Blank Slides
(2) Inserting Slides from Recording Screen
(3) Inserting Random Slides 
(4) Inserting Report Slides 
(5) Inserting Slides from Templates 
(6) Inserting Slides from Images 
(7) Inserting Slides from PowerPoint 
(8) Inserting Slides from ActivePresenter 
How to insert slides in ActivePresenter 8

1. Insert Blank Slides

To insert blank slides into your current project, do one of the following ways:  

  • Open the Home tab, click New Slide.
  • Open the Insert tab, click New Slide.

Then, click to select your favorite slide layout from the gallery. After that, a new blank slide will be added to your current project:

Insert blank slides

2. Insert Slides from Recording Screen

This feature helps you add a new captured slide into your current project. So, you need to click the Record Screen button in the Home tab first. And then, Select Record Video or Record Software Simulation depending on your purpose.

Insert slides from recording

After finishing the recording process, a new slide with a recorded video will appear in your project. 

3. Insert Random Slides

Inserting Random Slides is useful in creating test materials as it helps you make slides in your project appear unpredictable. For example, our project is an online test and each slide in this project contains a question. Therefore, utilizing Random Slides insert random slides feature in ActivePresenter will help you to make these questions appear in no order. Thanks to that, when each student takes the test, the order of these questions will appear randomly. 

In order to insert random slides, you first need to navigate to the Home tab or the Insert tab. Then, click the arrow on the New Slide button. After that, click Random Slide insert random slides. By doing this, the slide is automatically linked to the first slide pool in the project.

For more information about creating and using random slides, see Creating question pools.

4. Insert Report Slides

ActivePresenter allows adding report slides to summarize the performance of learners and give them valuable feedback. To insert a report slide into your project, you first need to open the Home tab or the Insert tab. Then, click the arrow on the New Slide button. After that, click Report Slide insert report slides.

Insert report slides

A report slide has 11 default parameters. The first 10 parameters consist of a parameter name on the left and a reference to the corresponding variable on the right.

In addition, you can choose to show or hide the parameters of the report slide the way you want. To do that, go to the Interactivity tab in the Properties pane, and then click Report Display. A checkmark next to each parameter indicates that it is visible. To hide a parameter, just uncheck the box corresponding to it.

5. Insert Slides from Templates

This way can only be done if you have already created your own slides templates. To insert slides from templates, in the Home tab or the Insert tab, click the arrow on the New Slide button and select Insert Slides from Templates insert slides from templates. Then the Import Slides from Template dialog will appear as below:

Insert slides from templates

Step 1: First, click the Template drop-down button to choose your favorite template. In addition, you can click the Refresh refresh button button next to it to update this list.

Step 2: After selecting the template you want, all slides in that template are shown in the Slides section. Here, you can choose any slide or click Select All to add all of them. Besides, you can drag the Zoom slider to zoom in/out slides to view them in a larger or smaller size.

Step 3: Then, click Insert Slide.

6. Insert Slides from Images

If you have a rich collection of pictures and want to import them into ActivePresenter as slides, access the Home or Slide tab, click the arrow on the New Slide button, and then click Slides from Images insert slides from images. Moreover, please keep in mind that ActivePresenter 8 currently supports many image input formats including BMP, PNG, JPG, JPEG, JPE, GIF, ICO, CUR, ANI, and XPM.

After that, the Insert Images As Slides dialog appears. You then take the following steps:

Insert slides from images

Step 1: Click Add Images From File add to import images from your computer.

Step 2: After that, if there is an image that you don’t want to use anymore, click Remove Selected Images remove button to delete it from the list.

Step 3: Click Move Selected Image Up up icon or Move Selected Image Down down icon to change the order of these images. Note that this order is also the order of slides in the Slides pane.

Step 4 (Optional): Click Flip Horizontal flip horizontal or Flip Vertical flip vertical to flip the image. Click Rotate Right 90° rotate right or Rotate Left 90° rotate left to rotate the image. These changes will be applied to the slide’s appearance on the Canvas as well.

If you select the Use images as objects check box, ActivePresenter will insert each image as an object to its corresponding slide. That is to say, you can edit the image after inserting it. Otherwise, ActivePresenter will import each image as the slide’s background by default.

Step 5: Click OK to apply the changes and close the dialog.

Note: If the size of the imported image is larger than the slide size, ActivePresenter will clip the image automatically. Therefore, it is better to check the image’s size before importing them. However, in case you forget, you can change the project size after creating image slides.

7. Insert Slides from PowerPoint

If you have PowerPoint presentations on your computer and you want to insert them to ActivePresenter, do the following: in the Home tab or the Insert tab, click the arrow on the New Slide button, then click Slides from PowerPoint insert slides from powerpoint. Depending on the size of your current slides and of the PowerPoint slides, there will be a dialog that appears for you to customize. 

The Current Slide Size is Larger than the Inserted PowerPoint Slide Size:

Insert slides from PowerPoint

The Size section displays the current slide size.

If you insert smaller PowerPoint slides, which means the new slide size will be larger and you now have 2 options to go with: 

  • Scale to Fit: If you want to scale the content, click this button. The PowerPoint slide will be scaled to fit the new slide size.
    • Scale all Objects: If you check this box, all of the objects in the PowerPoint slides will be scaled to fit the new slides, including placeholders in slides and Slide Masters. If you don’t check this box, the slide is scaled; however, all of the objects in the slide still keep their original sizes which are sometimes too large in comparison with the new slide size. You can adjust their sizes after that.
  • Fill Background: The content will keep its size and be added as background with the specific position you select. 

The Current Slide Size is Smaller than the Inserted PowerPoint Slide Size

Insert slides from PowerPoint
  • Scale to Fit: If you want to scale the content, click this button. The PowerPoint slide will be scaled to fit the new slide size.
    • Scale all Objects: If you check this box, all of the objects in the PowerPoint slides will be scaled to fit the new slides, including placeholders in slides and Slide Masters. If you don’t check this box, the slide is scaled; however, all of the objects in the slide still keep their original sizes which are sometimes too large in comparison with the new slide size. You can adjust their sizes after that.
  • Crop: Select Crop > Next to crop the contents. Then you can drag the orange frame to the desired position. You can also crop each slide individually or all of them at once.  

Note: When you choose to crop the slide in any position, objects, and placeholders of the slides or slide masters will not be cut. They keep their original sizes and you can manually drag their handles to fit the new slide size. 

8. Insert Slides from ActivePresenter

This option allows you to insert slides from other ActivePresenter projects into the current one. In the Home or Insert tab, click the arrow on the New Slide button, then click Slides from ActivePresenter insert slides from ActivePresenter. Select an existing ActivePresenter project and click Open, an Import ActivePresenter Slides dialog will be presented as follow:

Insert slides from ActivePresenter

Select slide(s) that you want to import and click OK.

Note: There is a quick way to insert a slide from other ActivePresenter projects into the current project. You just need to use the Copy and Paste commands

However, pasted slides and their objects always keep their original sizes and positions. Thus, if the original project (which contains the slides to copy from) and the destination project (slides will be copied to this project) don’t have the same project size, the background may be cropped and some objects may lie outside of the slide.

If the original project and the destination one are equal in size, object placement will remain unchanged. Therefore, always check all imported slides and edit them if necessary.

So, we’ve gone through all the ways to insert slides in ActivePresenter 8

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