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Is it even possible to do that? If so, what's the easiest way to achieve this?

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also, which version of powerpoint are you using? – Kravlin Apr 9 '10 at 1:30
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If you wish to change the design of a particular slide:

  1. Select the slide you wish to modify by clicking on it in the Slides view.
  2. Select the Format menu > Slide Design.
  3. Choose the design you would like to use from the task pane by selecting the drop down arrow that appears when you hover your mouse over the preview slide.
  4. Select Apply to Selected Slides.
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Just tried it on Powerpoint 2010. If you right click the theme you should be able to apply it to the selected slides instead of all of them.

in 2003 if you are looking at the slide designs an arrow should pop up on the left side of the design you have hilighted. click that and it should give you the same option.

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I guess there is no way of achieving this in Microsoft Powerpoint 2003? – stanigator Apr 9 '10 at 1:26
no. i just don't have 2003 to test it. but one of my friends does. give me a second. – Kravlin Apr 9 '10 at 1:31

I'm using PPT 2010, and it appears that you can add multiple sections like you can in Word. Just right click between two slides in the Slide Sorter view, then add section. This is very convenient.

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Adding a new section does not allow you to use multiple slide designs. At least not in PPT 2013. Can you confirm the steps to enable multiple slide designs? – Ryan Aug 27 '15 at 13:40

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