How to Turn a PowerPoint Into a Word Document

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Microsoft PowerPoint is a powerful program for creating informative and dynamic presentations. If you create complex sales or training presentations, you may want your audience to have the content available to them as a reference source at a later time. PowerPoint can export your presentation as a Word document that you can give to your audience after your presentation, email to them later or make available as a download from your website.

Create a Word Document using PowerPoint 2007

  • Open the PowerPoint presentation.

  • Click the "Office" button in the upper left corner of the screen.

  • Select "Publish" from the drop-down menu, and then select "Create Handouts in Microsoft Office Word." The "Send to Microsoft Word" window is displayed.

  • Select the desired option for your handouts. Create a handout that includes an image of the slides and the slide notes, or create a handout that is just the text from the slides in an outline format.

  • Click the "OK" button. Word opens and the handout document is automatically created.

  • Format the document as desired. You can adjust the fonts, format bullets or numbered lists, and add page breaks.

  • Save your document when you are finished with the formatting.

Create a Word Document Using PowerPoint 2010

  • Open the PowerPoint presentation.

  • Click "File" in the menu bar, and then click "Save & Send" in the "File" menu.

  • Click the "Create Handouts" option in the "Save & Send" menu.

  • Click the "Create Handouts" button. The "Send to Microsoft Word" window is displayed.

  • Select the desired option for your handouts. Create a handout that includes an image of the slides and the slide notes, or create a handout that is just the text from the slides in an outline format.

  • Click the "OK" button. Word opens and the handout document is automatically created.

  • Format the the document as desired. You can adjust the fonts, format bullets or numbered lists, and add page breaks.

  • Save your document when you are finished with the formatting.

Tips & Warnings

  • Creating a handout using the outline format does not include any of the graphics from your slides. Only the text is exported.
  • Creating a handout using the outline format does not include any notes you have added to your slides.
  • Remember to save your handout. Word only generates the document automatically. It does not save the file for you.

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