How to Convert a SHW File to a PowerPoint

Have a backup plan when you give presentations in case of unexpected technical wrinkles.

You've put in hours of work creating a presentation using Corel Presentations only to find out that the place you're presenting can only accept PowerPoint files, so now need to convert your SHW file into a PPT file type. PowerPoint doesn't support Corel files, but two ways exist to convert the file to work within PowerPoint. First, you can save the file as a PowerPoint presentation from the Corel Presentation software. Alternatively, you can save the slides as images using PowerPoint and then import the images into a PowerPoint presentation. If you use the second method you won't be able to edit the slides, but you can still give your presentation.

Corel Presentations

Step 1

Open the SHW file in Presentations.

Step 2

Click on the "File" menu and then click "Save As." Choose "MS PowerPoint" from the "File Type" drop-down menu. Type in a file name and click "Save."

Step 3

Open the file with PowerPoint. Some of the animation and formatting may be lost in the conversion process.

PowerPoint

Step 1

Click on the "File" tab in PowerPoint and then click "Open." Browse to the Corel Presentations SHW file and double-click on it. Note that PowerPoint can open the Corel file for viewing, but not for editing or presenting.

Step 2

Click on the "File" tab again and then click "Save As." Click "Other Formats." Choose "JPEG File Interchange Format (*.JPG)" from the "File Type" drop-down menu. Type in a name for the file. This will create an image for the first slide in the Corel slide show. Repeat this process for all the slides in the presentation.

Step 3

Open a new, blank presentation in PowerPoint. Click on the "Insert" tab and then click "Picture." Browse to the location of the JPG images you saved from the SHW file. Double-click on the first one in the list. Re-size the picture to fill the slide by clicking and dragging the handles on the corners of the image. Repeat this process for all the images you saved.

Tip

Run through the presentation in PowerPoint by pressing "F5" and clicking through the slide show. Note the places where you'll need to fix conversion issues.

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