Using PowerPoint to make multiple presentations with shared slides.

Using PowerPoint (Mac) to Show vs. Hide certain slides

I need to make three of four presentation which have overlapping slides. Many are the same and some are unique. But I do not want to manage multiple copies of the same slides, especially when I need to start making modifications. What a pain that would be to keep all version current!

So, I imagine that if I could hide certain slides from viewing for Presentation #2, for example, I could have a partial solution to my versioning problem.

In fact, the only thing that would cause my plan to fail is if I needed the slides to appear in a different sequence, on one of the  presentations.

Please let me know what facilities exist in PowerPoint (Mac 16.11) to handle multiple presentations with overlapping slides.

newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAsked:
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Jamie GarrochPowerPoint Consultant & DeveloperCommented:
You could use Custom Slide Shows to create multiple *presentations" within the same file and then link them to spares on a "main menu" slide that gas show 1, show 2, show 3, show 4 etc. Go to the Slide Show tab to start creating your custom slide shows.
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:

newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Oh, when there is a change to a shared slide, does that Custom Slide Show need to be updated manually?
Jamie GarrochPowerPoint Consultant & DeveloperCommented:
Glad to help. BTW, I meant to say "link to shapes" not "spares"!
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