Easy Layer Replacement in ProShow

This is one of those things that users who are brand-new to ProShow have no way of automatically knowing, but it’s the fastest shortcut to replacing layers, and you’ll appreciate knowing how to do it. Here it is in a short series of screenshots (My colors may different from yours because I use the Windows palette.)

Here you see the Layers section of Options right next to the File List:

Step 1

I’ve decided to replace Layer 1 with Cat.psd, and so I click on it and CONTINUE HOLDING down the mouse button:

Step 2

While STILL HOLDING down the mouse button, I drag Cat.psd over to the Layers List and on top of  Layer 1, NOT RELEASING the mouse button until the layer shows it’s been SELECTED, indicated by the highlight. Once it’s been selected, I can release the mouse button:

Step 3

All layers have been replaced because they happened to be duplicates in a slide style, but had this not been a style, only Layer 1 would have been replaced:

Step 4


See Photodex’s tutorial:

Learn How to Replace Layers in a Slide

Published in: on May 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm  Comments (5)  
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  1. Thank you so very much for providing this service! Donna in Texas

  2. I have a question. I love this but I don’t understand how you get your file list to show at the same time your layers are showing on the screen. I tried pulling up file list but when I dragged the file it would just add it not replace it. Thanks di

    • Your file list by default is on the left side of ProShow’s interface. When I did the screenshots, I showed only a portion of the full Options screen so the image would be small for uploading purposes. Is this what’s confusing you? As for dragging the file and having it not replace the layer, this happens only if you don’t wait to see your target layer become “selected,” which is indicated when it changes color. Not until then should you release the mouse button. If all you’re seeing is a heavy line above or below the target layer, the layer hasn’t been selected. That heavy line indicates an insertion point.

      This is an odd little tool in that, when a person finally “gets it,” they think, “Well, of course!” but until then, it can seem anything but simple. It’s well worth learning how to do it because it’ll make life far easier.

  3. I got it. I had to drag Slide Options Screen over to see the the files. This is great. Thanks

    • Aha! Your Options screen was set large enough that it filled most of the monitor area. If you’re using version 5, you can set the Options screen size to completely suit what you’re doing. I often go to the smallest so I can see the file listing, the timeline, and part of the main preview.

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