If you're working with lots of different showcases, you may need to duplicate certain slides to use across multiple presentations.
Luckily, there's a way to do this in Showcase! You do need to be very careful about setting up your showcases properly before using this feature, though — and we're going to show you exactly how to do that.
Let's assume you have two showcases: one that has the content completely set up and one that is nearly complete but needs a section copied over from the original showcase.
We're going to call the showcase that has everything set up already the "origin" showcase; we'll call the showcase that needs slides copied into it the "destination" showcase.
- Open your destination showcase and navigate to the section that you want to copy the slides into.
Create a new blank hotspot where you want the copied slides to sit.
Click the small 'plus' icon to add content.
Choose 'Existing slide' from the box that pops up.
This will open the 'Existing Slides' dialog box. By default, it will display all the slides from the current showcase.
To copy slides from a different showcase, you need to click 'Copy slide(s)' at the bottom of the dialog box.
- In the next dialog box, select the origin showcase and relevant slide(s) from the dropdown menu. Use the 'Search' function to find the slide reference (for example, 'C1').
- Under 'Include' you can choose whether you want the slides to the left and right of the selected slide to be copied as well. If the slide is part of a slideshow, this means that all of the slides in the slideshow will be copied along with your selected slide.
This option is ticked by default.
- You'll also need to decide whether you want to copy any submenus one level down from the selected slide or slideshow as well. If you check the box beside 'Linked slides', this will copy all submenus in the selected slide/slideshow — including any instances of 'link to anywhere' that are in the origin showcase.
This means that it's possible to copy an entire showcase's worth of content from your origin showcase to your destination showcase.
To prevent this, the dialog will tell you exactly how many slides you are copying. In our example, it's only one. If this number looks high compared to the number of slides you intend to copy, consider turning off one or both of the checkboxes.
Once you're confident you are copying the right amount of slides, click 'Copy' to — you guessed it — copy the slides to your destination showcase.
Note: The editor needs to be reloaded for the slides to copy properly, so you may have to wait a tick for this process to finish.
And that's it! Now you can relax.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
- If you make any changes to the slides in the origin showcase, these changes will not appear in your destination showcase. You'll have to recopy those same slides into your destination showcase at a later date.
To do this, remove the link to the slide(s) that you already copied and then copy the slide(s) into the showcase again, using the same process as above.
- If you find yourself recopying slides often, you may want to clean up the unused slides so they don't clutter up your 'Existing Slides' dialog box. You can remove unused slides by clicking the 'Find' icon in the toolbar above your showcase.
- You must create a new blank hotspot before adding content to be able to copy from another showcase. If you try shortcutting the process by clicking 'Add Hotspot' > 'Existing Slide' you won't see the 'Copy Slide(s)' option!