Slide library created in MOSS 2007 will work in SharePoint 2013 after migration? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Our marketing department uses the slide library heavily to manage PowerPoint presentations. Given that the slide library is not available in SP 2013, will the existing ones continue to work after migrating to SP 2013? I would think it's yes, but I would like to find out if anyone has tested that that after migration.

    Thank you.

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:16 PM


All replies

  • The answer is no unfortunately.

    Kris Wagner, MVP, MCITP, MCTS Twitter @sharepointkris Blog: http://www.sharepointkris.com/blog

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:31 AM
  • If the library just stops working after migration, this is really bad news.  My company found this really useful for them to organize PowerPoint presentations. Are there workaround or solutions for users? I cannot imagine this just stop with this feature available in both 2007 and 2010 versions. The SP team should provide alternatives if they discontinue the feature.

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 4:12 PM
  • From Discontinued features and modified functionality in Microsoft SharePoint 2013:

    Slide libraries are no longer available. Design limitation in SharePoint Server 2013. Users are still able to insert slides from PowerPoint files (see here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint-help/add-a-slide-from-another-presentation-file-HA010210933.aspx) SharePoint Server 2013, SharePoint Online 2013, Office Web Apps Server 2013

    My understanding is that if you upgrade a site that was using a slide library that it will continue to work, however you cannot create a new slide library. I haven't tested this to verify if it's still the case. There are several blogs out there (like this one) that describe workarounds for creating a slide library. I suggest testing this out for yourself, however be aware that if it works now isn't a guarantee that it will always work. Consider the feature removed and plan accordingly.

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 4:47 PM
  • There are actually many solutions you can use from the SharePoint Store.  Some are free and others costs... I see a few  free solutions as well that will meet your need.

    Take a gander here.  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps-for-sharepoint-FX102804987.aspx

    Kris Wagner, MVP, MCITP, MCTS Twitter @sharepointkris Blog: http://www.sharepointkris.com/blog

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 9:58 PM
  • I will try that out. Thanks!
    Thursday, July 18, 2013 6:20 PM
  • Thanks! Though I don't see an app yet for PowerPoint slide library, I will keep an eye on the store.
    Thursday, July 18, 2013 6:22 PM
  • Jane - How are you using slide libraries? Slide libraries functionality is now available in PowerPoint Automation Services. Have you looked at it? However, it requires programming.


    Thursday, July 18, 2013 9:14 PM
  • We have a few big slide libraries that are maintained by the marketing department. Each time when they need to make a new presentation (which happens at a minimum of quarterly frequency), they will go to the library and pick out the slides to compose a new PowerPoint presentation. The slide thumbnails and categories in the slide libraries are useful when creating presentations e.g. firm overview, executive bios, quarter/year-end updates.

    I have looked at PowerPoint automation services but I think it applies in scenarios where a conversion is desired from powerpoint to other formats and when automation is required.  

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013 4:03 PM
  • Hi Jane,

    We built a tool MetaVis Migrator for SharePoint that can copy content between Slide libraries of different SharePoint versions. Give it a try and see whether your slides will work in SP 2013 library after item-level copy by our tool. Free trial is available here http://www.metavistech.com .  

    Good luck with your migration project,


    Wednesday, July 24, 2013 7:00 PM
  • I agree. The slide library feature in SharePoint 2007 is very useful. We have not yet migrated to SP2013 but will soon. I don't know what I will do to organize, revise and repurpose my slides without the slide library.

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 8:35 PM
  • We completed the migration of MOSS 2007 to SP 2013. The existing slide libraries still works after migration. You should definitely test it out in your environment. The question is - Not sure what to do going forward with the next version of SharePoint.
    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 5:06 PM