How to Copy Visio Diagrams to PowerPoint

By Tricia Goss

Microsoft Office is a popular suite of applications that offers a variety of office productivity programs. PowerPoint is the presentation program in Office and Visio is its diagramming application. As clear, detailed diagrams can be a boon to a visual-based slide show, it is fitting that diagrams made in Visio can be copied into PowerPoint slides. There are two primary ways to do so.

Things You'll Need

  • PowerPoint 2003, 2007 or 2010
  • Visio 2003, 2007 or 2010

Copy a Visio Diagram from Within PowerPoint

Step 1

Open the PowerPoint presentation into which you want to copy a Visio diagram. Click on the slide where you want to insert the diagram.

Step 2

Go to the "Insert" menu or tab and click "Object." The "Insert Object" dialog box opens.

Step 3

Select "Create from File" if you want to insert an existing diagram. Click "Browse" and find the Visio file you want to use. Click "Insert."

Step 4

Select "Create New" to make a new Visio diagram. Select "Microsoft Visio Drawing" and click "OK."

Step 5

Create the diagram in the Visio drawing window that opens. Click outside of the Visio drawing box when you are finished to copy the diagram to PowerPoint and close the Visio window.

Copy a Diagram from Visio

Step 1

Start Visio. Open an existing diagram or create a new one.

Step 2

Go to the "File" menu or tab and select "Save As."

Step 3

Select "WMF" or "EMF," which are types of picture files, in the "Save as Type box. Enter a name for the diagram and click "Save." Close Visio.

Step 4

Open the PowerPoint presentation to which you want to copy the diagram. Click on the slide where you want to insert the Visio diagram.

Step 5

Go to the "Insert" menu or tab. Click "Picture." In PowerPoint 2003 or 2007, select "From File." Find the diagram file that you saved and click "Insert."

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