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How to Convert a Word Document to a PowerPoint Presentation

You may have previously converted a PowerPoint presentation to a Word document to edit it. But did you know you could do the opposite? Convert your Microsoft Word document into a Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow.

Convert Word Document to a PowerPoint Presentation (Step-by-Step with Pictures)

Perhaps you’d like to get a head start on creating your presentation by using the text you’ve saved in Word. Or perhaps you’ve realized that your document would be better served as a PowerPoint slideshow. You can easily convert your document using Word on the web.

What You Need to Know

Here are some things to consider when converting Microsoft Word documents to PowerPoint presentations. These points may be updated in the future. The feature went live in early 2021:

  • The ability to convert PowerPoint presentations to Word is currently available only in Word for the web.
  • Currently, the option is only available in English.
  • When using Safari or Internet Explorer, the feature is currently unavailable.
  • Text content is exportable at the time of writing. If you have media content in your Word document, you must add it separately to the PowerPoint presentation.

How to Convert Word to PowerPoint on the Web

Now, if you’re ready to try out this feature, let’s get started! Go to the Microsoft Office online website www.office.com, sign in to your account at www.office.com/setup, and then open your Word document. You are not required to open PowerPoint in a separate tab or window.

How to Convert Word to PowerPoint on the Web

#1 Select “Export to PowerPoint Presentation” from the File > Export menu.

Select “Export to PowerPoint Presentation” from the File > Export menu.

#2 A pop-up window with a selection of themes will appear. Choose the theme you want to use and then click “Export.” If you want, you can change the theme in PowerPoint after it’s been exported.

Choose the theme you want to use and then click "Export."

#3 After a few moments, you’ll be notified that your newly converted presentation is ready. Select the “Open Presentation” option.

Select the "Open Presentation" option.

#4 In a new tab, the slideshow will open in Microsoft PowerPoint for the web.

Slideshow will open in Microsoft PowerPoint for the web.

#5 The presentation gets automatically saved to OneDrive with the same name as your Microsoft Word document. If you do not name your document, the slideshow will be labelled with a default name, such as Document 1. Give it a new file name by clicking the name in the top-left corner.

Give your file a new name

Styles such as headings and bullet points should be carried over. This, however, may vary depending on the theme you choose. Keep in mind that you may need to make changes to the slideshow after exporting it.

Author: Jace Mrazz is a Microsoft Office expert with 5 years of experience in the technology industry. He has written technical and SEO blogs, white papers, and reviews for a variety of websites including office.com/setup and office365.com/setup.

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