Using PowerPoint with PDF files

There are some uses of Portable Document Format (PDF) files that PowerPoint 2013 and PowerPoint 2016 support, and some that it doesn't. Here's an overview of what kinds of things you can do with PDF files in PowerPoint.

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Can I import PDF content into a PowerPoint presentation?

Can I use PowerPoint to create a PDF file?

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

Can I import PDF content into a PowerPoint presentation?

Yes, you can. Adobe Reader and some other PDF readers allow you to select, copy, and paste text and images to put them into your presentation.

You can also insert a file in .pdf format into your PowerPoint 2013 file as an object. You’ll be able to re-size it, but you won’t be able to edit it after you insert. For more information, see Add a PDF to your Office file.

Can I use PowerPoint to create a PDF file?

You can save your PowerPoint presentation as a PDF file. For instructions about how to do this, see Save as PDF.

For even more information, see Edit or make changes to a PDF file.

To save a PowerPoint presentation as an accessible, tagged PDF, see Create accessible PDFs.

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 tab, in the Links group, click Hyperlink.

  3. In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, 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 make sure that that the hyperlink is working correctly, do the following:

  1. On the Slide Show tab, in the Start Slide Show group, click From Beginning or press F5.

  2. Click the hyperlink that you created to the PDF file.

Important: 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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