powerpoint 200 template, layout

had a powerpoint file that is created with old layout. wanted to apply a slide / template to the whole document. follow the steps from http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-apply-a-powerpoint-2007-template-to-an-exis.html 
but it doesn't work.  i had to individually right click each slide to change the layout.
Is there other simpler ways to do it?
grnowAsked:
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Echo_SCommented:
I think that article is a bit convoluted. I would copy the slides in the existing presentation and paste them into the target (new) presentation.

Or I would use Reuse Slides as described in the article, but I would not tick the "keep source formatting" option.

In both cases, the slides will take on the layout of the slide you've selected when you insert them. In the article it mentions selecting the last slide -- that's not necessarily necessary, but you do want to select a layout that most of the inserted slides will need. For example, if you select the first slide and it's based on the Title Slide layout (which is usually the case), then all the inserted slides will take on the title slide layout. That's probably why the author has you select the last slide -- chances are it will not be based on the title slide layout and instead be based on something more likely to apply to most of your content slides (like the title and content layout).

At any rate, after inserting or pasting in slides, you can select all slides you want to change the layout on and then click the Layout button and click an appropriate layout. I think that doing this in slide sorter view makes it easier to select multiple slides.

As mentioned in the article, you can delete the old slide master. You'll need to do that after you've applied the target look to all the slides.
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grnowAuthor Commented:
Echo_s, tried the above steps.. if i did not select 'keep source formatting', somehow the new slide when inserted follow old slides layout. i tried the below step, similiar to yours but reduce as many steps as possible. trying to reduce as many steps possible because the steps will be used to change for many other powerpoint files.

1) insert the new slide ->reuse slides
2) add new slide, check 'keep source formatting'
3) select all slides -> layout -> new slide
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Echo_SCommented:
I'm glad you were able to work out a process that works well for your files. Thanks for letting us know what you settled on.
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grnowAuthor Commented:
somehow 'keep source formatting' has to be selected for my scenario. to delete old slide master or not to does not show up any difference for my file.
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