How to Convert PDF Files to PowerPoint Slides

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Portable Document Format (PDF) files are a conversion file type used to turn nearly any printable material into a format that anyone can open with a PDF reading program. You usually can download PDF reading programs, such as Adobe Reader, for free. PowerPoint is a presentation program available individually or as part of the Microsoft Office Suite of productivity programs. Material from PDF files may be pertinent to the material being reviewed in a PowerPoint presentation, since PDF files are created from a variety of different material and programs. You can convert PDF files to PowerPoint slides with the correct software.

Things You'll Need

  • PDF writing program
  • Microsoft Publisher

Use a Commercial PDF Writing Program

  • Install a commercial PDF writing program on your computer. While there are many commercial PDF writing applications, you need to make certain that the program you choose has a feature to convert PDF files into image files, such as JPG or BMP. The steps that follow use Adobe Acrobat Pro, which has this conversion feature. A free trial is available at www.adobe.com. This process will work with the other Acrobat products, Standard and Pro Extended.

  • Launch the PDF writing program you installed in Step 1 and open the PDF file that you want to convert to PowerPoint slides. Select the "Open" option from the "File" menu. Use the "Look In" menu from the "Open" dialogue box to access the folder in which the PDF file is saved. Double-click on the PDF file name to open it.

  • Use the "File" menu to select the "Export" and then "Image" options. Select an image file type, such as JPG, from the list of available imaging options. This action will open a "Save As" dialogue box. Use the "Look In" menu to select a folder in which to save the converted image files and select the appropriate image file format, such as JPG, is listed in the "Save as Type" field. Type a name for the image file in to the "File Name" field and click once on the "Save" button. Note that each individual page from the PDF will be saved as a separate image file using the name you typed into the "File Name" field followed by the corresponding page number within the PDF file.

  • Launch PowerPoint and open a blank presentation. PowerPoint slides are typically set up in a "landscape" format. Make certain that you adjust the PowerPoint slides to match the image files that you created from the PDF document. For example, if the PDF file was set up in a "portrait" format, use the "Page Setup" option under the "File" menu to set the appropriate slide format. After making any necessary formatting changes, click once on the "OK" button. If you do not need to adjust the formatting, go to Step 5.

  • Use the "Insert" menu to select the "Picture" and then "From File" options. Make certain the "Files of Type" field is set to the image file format you selected in Step 3. Use the "Look In" menu to select the folder in which you saved the image files, click on the file name that corresponds with the PDF file page that you want to insert into the PowerPoint and click once on the "Insert" button. To adjust the image, right click once it and select the "Show Picture Toolbar." This will launch a toolbar with a list of options that will allow you to adjust the image.

  • Select the "New Slide" option from the "Insert" menu to add empty slides to the PowerPoint file. Repeat Step 5 for each PDF file image that you want to add to the presentation. Remember to periodically save the PowerPoint presentation using the "Save As" option under the "File" menu.

Use a Free PDF Writing Program

  • Install a free PDF writing program to your computer. You can download several writing applications for free. Before selecting a free PDF writing program, make certain the program you choose has a feature to convert PDF files into image files, such as JPG or BMP. PDFill, which has this conversion feature, is used in the steps that follow. A free download of PDFill is available at www.pdfill.com.

  • Launch the PDF writing program you installed in Step 1 and open the PDF file that you want to convert to PowerPoint slides. Select the "Open" option from the "File" menu. Use the "Look in" menu from the "Open" dialogue box to access the folder in which the PDF file is saved. Double-click on the PDF file name to open it.

  • Use the "Tools" menu to select the "Free PDF Tools" option. Click once on the "Convert PDF to images" option from the "PDF Tools" dialogue box. This will launch a separate "Convert PDF to Images" dialogue box. Choose the range of pages in the PDF file that you want to convert to an image file by typing a number into the "from" and "to" fields. Select an image file type from the list of available formats under the "Image Type" section. Click once on the "Save As Image" button. Note that each individual page from the PDF will be saved as a separate image file, using the name of the source file followed by the corresponding page number within the PDF file, within the folder from which the source file was launched.

  • Launch PowerPoint and open a blank presentation. PowerPoint slides are typically set up in a "landscape" format. Make certain that you adjust the PowerPoint slides to match the image files that you created from the PDF document. For example, if the PDF file was set up in a "portrait" format, use the "Page Setup" option under the "File" menu to set the appropriate slide format. After making any necessary formatting changes, click once on the "OK" button.

  • Use the "Insert" menu to select the "Picture" and then "From File" options. Make certain the "Files of Type" field is set to the image file format you selected in Step 3. Use the "Look In" menu to select the folder to which you saved the image files, click on the file name that corresponds with the PDF file page that you want to insert into the PowerPoint and click once on the "Insert" button. To adjust the image, right click once it and select the "Show Picture Toolbar." This will launch a toolbar with a list of options that will allow you to adjust the image. Select the "New Slide" option from the "Insert" menu to add empty slides to the PowerPoint file. Repeat this step for each PDF file image that you want to add to the presentation. Remember to save the PowerPoint presentation using the "Save As" option under the "File" menu.

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