Using PowerPoint 2003 with PDF files

The conditions in which Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 supports the Portable Document Format (PDF) (PDF: A Postscript-based electronic file format that preserves document formatting and enables file sharing.) depends on the result you're after. To determine if the type of support you require for using PowerPoint and the PDF file format together is possible, choose one of the following:

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Can I import PDF content into a PowerPoint presentation?

Yes, it is possible for you to import PDF content from another application into a PowerPoint presentation; however, you will not be able to work with this content as you can with text. When you bring PDF content into your PowerPoint presentation, it acts like an object or an image, rather than text that you can edit.

To obtain the most up-to-date information on how to import PDF content into a PowerPoint presentation, review PowerTools for PowerUsers - Import PDF content located on The PowerPoint FAQ Web site.

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Can I use PowerPoint to create a PDF file?

While PowerPoint is a great tool for creating content that you can use in the PDF file format, you cannot create PDF files by using PowerPoint.

With help from contacts on The PowerPoint FAQ Web site or the PowerPoint 2003 Newsgroups, or with information from your third-party PDF software application vendor, you can convert your presentations into PDF files.

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Can I convert a PowerPoint presentation into a PDF file?

Yes, it is possible for you to convert a PowerPoint 2003 presentation into a PDF file. However, not from within PowerPoint — but you can by using a third-party PDF-based software application.

To obtain the most up-to-date instructions on how to accomplish this, you can seek assistance from one of the following resources:

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Can I link to a PDF file from within a presentation?

Yes! To link to a PDF file from within a PowerPoint presentation, do the following:

  1. Select the text or object that you want to use to link to the PDF file.
  2. On the Insert menu, click Hyperlink.
  3. Under Link to, click Existing File or Web Page.
  4. Select the PDF file that you want to link to, and then click OK.
  5. Verify the link.

To run the presentation to ensure that the hyperlink is working correctly, do the following:

  1. Click Slide Show at the lower left of the PowerPoint window or press F5.
  2. Click the hyperlink to the PDF file.

 Note   To make sure that your hyperlinks work, keep all the files you link to from within a presentation in the same folder as your presentation.

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003