How to Convert a PDF File to PowerPoint

By Cooper Temple

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a conversion file created using source material from a program. The resulting PDF files can be opened and read using a PDF reading program, most of which are available for free. PowerPoint is a presentation and slide show application produced by Microsoft as part of the Microsoft Office suite of software. Depending on the information contained in PDF documents, you may want to use all or part of them in a PowerPoint program. You can convert a PDF to PowerPoint by following a few steps.

Use an Online Conversion Service

Step 1

Choose an online service that converts PDF to PowerPoint. The steps that follow utilize a site called Convert PDF to PowertPoint, which will perform the conversion for free. Prior to selecting an online converter, check the site's customer reviews.

Step 2

Click the "Browse" button in the first part of the "Convert PDF to PowerPoint" page to launch a "Choose File" dialogue window. Locate the folder in which the PDF file is saved using the "Look in" menu. Highlight the PDF file name and click "Open" to populate the "Upload PDF" field with the PDF file.

Step 3

Establish an email address to which you want the converted PDF file sent. Type the full email address (for example, jsmith@pdf.com) into the "enter email" field. Click the "Send" button to complete the process of converting the PDF to PowerPoint. The converted file will be sent as an attachment to the email address you specify.

Use a Commercial PDF Conversion Program

Step 1

Install a commercial conversion program to your computer. The following steps use a program called PDF to PowerPoint Converter, distributed by AnyBizSoft, but other programs exist. Before purchasing the program, take advantage of the free trial.

Step 2

Import the PDF file that you want to convert to PowerPoint. Click the "Add Files" button to launch a separate dialogue window. Use the "Look in" menu to find the folder in which the PDF file is saved. Highlight the PDF file name and click "Enter." The PDF file name will appear in the "PDF to PowerPoint Converter" window.

Step 3

Select a folder in which to save the converted files. Click the "Open" button on the "Output Setting" section. Highlight the folder in which you want to save the files and click the "Select" button. If you want the PowerPoint files to be saved in the same folder as the source PDF, click the "same folder" option in the "Output Setting" section.

Step 4

Convert the PDF files. Click the "Convert" button in the lower right corner of the program. The progress of the conversion will show in the "Status" section. To open the PowerPoint file, click the link within the "PDF to PowerPoint Converter" program.

Use a PDF Writing Program

Step 1

Download a PDF writing program to your computer. PDFill, a free PDF writing program, is used in the following steps. The program has many of the same features that more expensive PDF writing programs have. You can download PDFill from the website in the Resources section.

Step 2

Open the PDF file that you want to convert to PowerPoint. Click the "open existing PDF project" option from the "File" menu. Select the folder in which the PDF file is saved using the "Look in" menu. Select the PDF file and click "Open."

Step 3

Convert the PDF file to an image file. Select the "Convert PDF to Images" option under the "Free PDF Tools" menu. Select the pages from the PDF file that you wan to convert by typing the page numbers into the "From" and "To" fields. Select an image file type from the "Image Type" section, for example "JPG." Click the "Save As" button. A folder containing the image files will pop up. Note the location of the files for use in step 5.

Step 4

Launch the PowerPoint application. Click the Windows "Start" button and select "PowerPoint." The following step utilizes Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. If you do not have PowerPoint 2007, you may download a free trial from the Microsoft website.

Step 5

Import the image files. Click the "Insert" tab. Click the "Picture" icon in the "Illustrations" menu group. Use the arrows in the address bar of the dialogue window to locate the folder in which the image files from step 3 were saved. Double click on the image to insert it. Repeat this step for each image file that you want to insert. Remember to save the PowerPoint presentation using the "Save As" option under the "Microsoft Office" button.