Create a PowerPoint presentation from a Word outline

You can use an existing Microsoft Word document to create a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. To set up the slides in a presentation, PowerPoint uses the heading styles in your Word document. For example, each paragraph formatted with the Heading 1 style becomes the title of a new slide, each Heading 2 becomes the first level of text, and so on.

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Note: You must apply a heading format to the text you want to include in a slide. For example, if you apply the Normal style to a block of text, Word will not send that text to PowerPoint.

  1. Open the document you want to use to create a PowerPoint presentation.

  2. On the File menu, point to Send To, and then click Microsoft PowerPoint.


  • If you're already working in PowerPoint, you can import a Word document into a presentation. In PowerPoint, click Open on the File menu. In the Files of type box, click All Files. In the File name box, enter the file name and location of the Word document.

  • You can also insert slides from a Word outline into an existing presentation. In PowerPoint, display the slide after which you want to insert the new slides. On the Insert menu, click Slides from Outline, and then select the Word document you want to use.

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