How To Convert PowerPoint To PDF (Step By Step)

How To Convert PowerPoint To PDF (Step By Step)

Hey, this is gamnest with three techniques for how to convert PowerPoint to pdf natively from within Microsoft PowerPoint, so no third party software websites or add-ins required. And most importantly, and this is a big one,as no one else is covering this, I’m going to show you what kind of content you’ll lose in the PPT to PDF conversion process. Allright? Not everything in your PowerPoint presentation, will properly convert to a PDF. That’s why it’s important to be aware of what you’ll need to spot check in your presentation before you do the conversion process, to make sure you don’t lose any important information. 

Now the two main benefits for converting PPT to PDF are:-

  1.  It decreases the size of your presentation so you can more easily email or share your slides with other people.For example, I took an 11.4 megabyte PowerPointfile which was too big to email and it converted down into just3.4 megabytes as a PDF file. That’s one third the size of the original presentation, which obviously makes it a lot easier to share with other people.

  1. The second benefit is it protects your slides so that others can’t make changes to your presentation or easily rip off your content. So with that let’s dive in with the first technique. 

Converting PowerPoint toPDF as full page slides. And the way to do that is through the save as dialogue box, which there’s four different ways you can navigate to that feature. The first off, if you come to the file menu and you click save as will take you to the save as dialogue box. This is the dropdown that we want to get access to. You can also file,export. There is a create PDF option whichagain opens up the dialogue box, again taking us to the save type or if you hit F12 or Control Shift S for your keyboard shortcuts.I’ll hit Control Shift S, which is again going to open up this save as dialogue box and what you’re looking for here is save as type. So you actually have a number of different options for how you can save or share your PowerPoint presentation.You simply want to select PFD. Now you do have this options button here which looks like it gives you some include comments or change the to the different handouts section, but I’m actually going to show you abetter way to do this and get more options for doing it.

So for here I would just select PDF, I will select a location on my computer,I’ll click save, you’ll see the publishing conversion process and there you can see my PowerPoint file now as full page slides in the PDF file format. But this is where you need to be aware of what kind of content you’ll lose in the PPT to PDF conversion process, which I’ll walk you through right now with examples. And the first thing you’ll lose is any off slide content. So if you have any off slide content like formatting guides or if you have important notes here on the outside of your slide or even if you have motion paths or objects. 

All right, ifI just click this motion path, you’ll see that the picture is supposed to slide on screen. These all count for off slide content that you’ll want to bring back onto your slide, if you need it for your presentation. This would also include, if I open up my notes pane.Alright, any notes or speaker notesI have in my presentation, I’ll Control Shift H to close out of that or any kinds of comments. These all count as off slide content that will not properly convert. So if I Control Shift S to open the save as dialogue box, save as type PDF, select my desktop and convert, I’ll click save. 

Notice that all of that off slide content is removed from my presentation, including those speaker notes and comments, which I’ll show you how to add a little bit later in this video. The second thing you’ll lose in the PDFconversion process are any PowerPoint transitions,animations, or any stacked content that you have in your presentation. For transitions, that includes anything that you add, anyof these kind of push, wipes, splits, or any kind of other graphic that you add to move between your slides. Those will be removed when you move to the PDF.

 For animations, this includes anything up here in the entrance, emphasis or exit effects.All right, all of these, if I hit Shift F5 all of these kinds of appear or disappear animations will be removed and your shapes will just remain exactly where they are. And that’s why if I come to the nextone, this motion path effect, all right, of bringing the picture on the slide will be removed as well.

 The actual motion path animation itself will be removed and the picture will just remain as off slide content, which you already know will not convert to a PDF. And this also includes all right if you have text that that you want to bring on slide by slide or a click by click.So if I fade these on, notice that this little click animations pop up. 

Here’s the effect options. All of these animations one through eight will be removed and all of your text will just remain on screen without the animation. Now one other thing to be aware of here is what I call stacked content. So in this case if I Shift F5 notice that I bring the S and the W onscreen and then I take the O and the W off. 

So this is kind of creating an interactive presentation. SW comes on, OT comes off,but when you convert to the PDF, these animations will be removed and these shapes will just block it. So if I Control Shift S for Save As,I go to PDF, I select my desktop, I’ll just click save. The conversion process goes. Notice as I scroll through this,none of the animations, there’s the lost picture, there’s the text and this is what I call stacked content. So all of the information,if I flip it back to PowerPoint, is lost in this conversion process. 

So this is something you’ll definitely want to double check in your presentation to make sure you don’t lose any important information before you convert to a PDF. Now one thing you won’t lose when you convert PPT to PDF are your PowerPoint hyperlinks and zoom slides if you’re using Office 365. So if I come in, select this cloud and ControlK to insert a hyperlink, I’m going to jump to a place in thisdocument and I’ll jump to great PowerPoint shortcuts. 

So that hyperlinks will carry over, this screen tip. This screen tip is not going to carryover and I’ll show you that in just a second. So that’s one kind of hyperlink that will work. If you have the latest version of Office 365 you can click and drag slides onto another slide, which is a cool way to quickly create dashboards. 

These are hyperlinks themselves and if you’ve never seen this before, zoom tools format return to zoom,return to zoom. What this allows me to do isShift F5 I can click on the slide, which will jump to that slide and Ican zoom back or I can jump to the PowerPoint shortcuts and come back. So these will carry over I’llControl Shift S just to demo this. Select my desktop,change my file type to PDF, click save, it’s going to convert.

 All of a sudden you’ll see I have the PDF file, remember I hyperlinked the cloud, I can now click the cloud to jump to the PowerPoint shortcuts. It won’t jump back. I’ll then comeback up to my zoom slides. And again, this will jump to those specific slides here in my presentation. But keep in mind if Iscroll back to the top, remember this cloud I added a screen tip, so the screen tip does not come over into the PDF file format with that hyperlink.

 Technique number two,convert PowerPoint to PDF as handouts, which is what you’ll want to do if you want to keep your speaker notes, your comments, or have multiple slides per pdf page. Now, right off the bat, it’s important to know that you will lose all interactive features when you create handouts like this, including the hyperlinks and zoom slides that I just showed you. So in this presentation, I have both a lot of notes and a lot of comments on each one of these slides. If I just click through them, you can see all of these speaker notes and comments. 

So if I don’t want to lose theseas I move to the pdf file format, either hit Control P on my keyboard orcome to file and print and here’s where you’re going to want to change from full page slides, either to notes pages and notice here if I open the dropdown again, I have the option to include or not include my comments. Now right off the bat notice that I’ve Added my company logo and some company formatting to this notes master to learn how to do that you can check out Camille’s of series on how to create a PowerPoint template. Here you can just click through it. 

You also have the options to do multiple slides per page if you want to do that as well.In this case, I’m going to do my notes pages and youare just going to want to make sure that for your printer you have selected thisMicrosoft print to PDF. Click print, you’re again going to need to select a location on your desktop. I will just scroll down, print over these handouts. Click save. You can see it’s printing down below all 14 slides.

 If I now move to my desktop and open up those handouts, you’re going to see all of my slides with both the comments, speaker notes, and if I scroll down the comments following the speaker notes. Now the last technique to convert PowerPoint to PDFis through Microsoft Word, which gives you some additional handout options you can’t get any other way and allows you to natively edit your handouts first in Microsoft Word before you then convert Word to PDF. 

To push the conversion process through Word, come up to file,come to export, select create handouts and create handouts again to get this, send to Word dialogue box. Now one of the options you have here that you can’t get any other way is blank lines next to slide. Don’t ever click this paste link either, that never works. So blank lines next to slide, I’ll click okay. 

The conversion process will start, sometimes it takes a minute or two.When it’s done, you’ll simply click Word and you’ll see all of your slides in this case with blank lines next to it. Now this is a native Word document that you can start to edit and format any way you like,which I won’t go into here, you can check out my other video on printing PowerPoint notes if you like, but when you’re done you can simply do the same thing. I’ll hit F12 for save asI’ll select my desktop. I will change this to a PDF file format.This will take word to PDF. I’ll click save and there you can see myWord document now converted to the PDF file format. 

So those are three different techniques to convert PowerPoint to PDF. If you liked this video, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel right now. Just click on the subscribe button below.Also, if you want to learn insider PowerPointtips and tricks that I only share with subscribers, head over to Nuts And BoltsSpeed and sign up for the newsletter, It’s free.But now I want to know what you think.


 Which of these three PowerPoint to pdf techniques do you think you’re going to use the most? Let me know by leaving a comment below right now. This is Taylor from NutsAnd Bolts Speed Training, and I’ll see you at Happy Hour.

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