How to Convert a PDF to a Powerpoint Slide

By Enrica Jang

Software is available for download that will help you convert PDF documents into PowerPoint slides, however it is possible to accomplish this task with only Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 and Adobe Reader 8. Adobe Acrobat will simplify this task further if your goal is to convert an entire multiple-page document. Decide whether you are trying to grab a single page or pieces of a PDF document and insert them into PowerPoint, or if you would like to insert every page of a PDF document entirely.

Things You'll Need

  • PowerPoint 2007
  • Adobe Reader 8 or higher
  • (optional) Adobe Acrobat

Convert Part Of Or an Entire Page Of a PDF Document to PPT

Step 1

Create or open a PowerPoint (PPT) document. Open the document to the slide on which you would like to insert the PDF. Leave PowerPoint running with this open PPT file in the background.

Step 2

Open the PDF document in Adobe Reader or Acrobat. Scroll to the page or place in the PDF file that you wish to move to PowerPoint. Adjust the PDF file zoom and resolution until it closely matches the size and how you would like it to appear in PowerPoint.

Step 3

Select “Tools” in the Adobe menu bar then “Select & Zoom” and “Snapshot Tool” in the drop-down menus. The icon for the Snapshot Tool is a camera. The pointer in the main program window will turn into a cross, indicating that you can now select portions of the PDF document.

Step 4

Use the pointer to create a rectangular box over either a portion of the PDF or the entire page by clicking your mouse in one corner and then dragging the frame over the content. Once the box is the appropriate size and location, release the mouse. A pop-up menu will appear that says “The selected area has been copied.” Click “OK.”

Step 5

Toggle back to PowerPoint. In the open PPT file, right-click (or control-click on a Mac) the place in the PPT you want to insert the PDF piece or page. Select “Paste” in the drop-down menu. The selected info will appear on the PPT slide, and you can re-size or move the piece anywhere on the slide.

Step 6

Save the PPT by clicking the round Microsoft Office icon in the upper-left corner of the program screen and selecting “Save” in the drop-down menu.

Convert Multiple-Page PDF into PPT (Use Adobe Acrobat)

Step 1

Use Adobe Acrobat to create a separate PDF file for every page in the document. Open the multiple-page PDF in Acrobat. Select “Document” and “Extract Pages” in the drop-down menu. A pop-up window will open. Select the pages you wish to pull from the file. If it’s the entire document, select “Entire Document.”

Step 2

Select the “Extract Pages as Separate Files” option and then hit “OK.” Acrobat will create separate files for every page on your computer. Note their location.

Step 3

Toggle to PowerPoint and scroll to the slide where you wish to insert the PDF. Click the “Insert Tab” and select “Insert Object.” A pop-up window will open. Choose “Adobe Acrobat Document” as the Object Type and hit “OK.” A browser will open; select the PDF page file you wish to insert and click “OK.” The PDF page will be inserted as an object on the slide. Repeat for every PDF page you wish to convert.

Step 4

Save the PPT by clicking the round Microsoft Office icon in the upper-left corner of the program screen and selecting “Save” in the drop-down menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • The “Save as Object” function in PPT will prevent you from having to move fonts and other files with your PPT.
  • For longer presentations or to convert upward of 10 pages, consider searching for a file conversion program.
  • File size will bloat quickly if you must paste or save too many objects in your PPT file. Try to limit your presentation and keep resolution as small as possible.