.doc to .ppt - why so hard?
May 16, 2007 7:43 AM Subscribe
How does one convert a Word document into a Powerpoint presentation?
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy to computers & internet (13 answers total)
I want to do a presentation on a document that currently exists in Word. It seems like that should be a pretty common need, and it doesn't seem like it should be that hard to figure out an easy way to do it, for example, deleting most of the text but leaving section headings and a few selected blocks of text, and putting in manual page breaks so that each page is a new slide.
But the only method I've been able to find makes very clunky use of Word's outlining function, and several efforts to make it work have failed miserably, i.e. most of the entire 30 page document ends up on one slide.
Am I missing something? Is this just another annoying Bill Gates blindspot? I see that you can buy software that does this, but $49.95 seems a little steep. Is there a good freeware option? Perhaps it is possible to "launder" through another program, like going from Word to PDF to PPT?
PS: not helpful here are suggestions to use a Mac (though I'm curious if its possible) or comments on the advisability of a text-heavy powerpoint.