About file conversion in PowerPoint

You can convert files and presentations that were created in Microsoft Office, as well as those that were created in other programs, to formats that you can work with in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003.

Converting files

PowerPoint automatically opens Microsoft Office files, as well as many other types of files, in PowerPoint format. PowerPoint uses converters to convert the files to the correct format. If PowerPoint recognizes the format of a file, it converts the file and then opens it. Some converters are installed when you perform a Typical installation. If you need additional converters, you can run the Office Setup program to add them.

If PowerPoint can't open the file that you want, first open the file in the program that it was created in, and then do one of the following:

  • Save the file in a format that PowerPoint can open, such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or PowerPoint.
  • Convert the file to a graphics format or text format that can be opened in PowerPoint.

How-to information     Find links to more information about converting files in the See Also section, which is visible when you are connected to the Internet.

Converting presentations

Presentations that were created in other programs can be opened in PowerPoint by using one of several text or graphics file formats. Text formats preserve the text of the presentation, which can then be opened in PowerPoint. When you save a presentation in a graphics file format, each slide is saved as a separate graphic image, which you can then insert into PowerPoint.

Converting a presentation by using graphics file formats

If the program that you are importing the presentation from doesn't support Windows Metafile Format (.wmf) files or Macintosh PICT (.pct) files, save the slides in a graphics file format that is built into PowerPoint, or one for which a graphics import filter is installed.

Converting a presentation by using text file formats

To save the text portion of a file in a format that PowerPoint can open, save it as a Rich Text Format (.rtf) file. If you don't want to save the text formatting, or if your program doesn't support .rtf files, you can also save the presentation as a plain text (.txt) file.

How-to information     Find links to more information about converting presentations in the See Also section, which is visible when you are connected to the Internet.

 
 
Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003