How to Build a PowerPoint Slidedeck From a Word Document

How to Build a PowerPoint Slidedeck From a Word DocumentTwo weeks ago, I gave a Webinar on Improving your PowerPoint Presentations. In the presentation, I showed my method for taking content from a Beyond Bullet Points template and converting it to a PowerPoint slidedeck. In this post and video, I will outline those procedures.

With this process, I use a couple of additional templates and macros. I am sharing them here:

Here are the steps:

  1.  Open your Word document. In the example, I open my presentation Word document created with a Beyond Bullet Points template. You could use a simple outline.
  2. Select the entire document. CTRL-A will select the entire document.
  3. Copy the selection. CTRL-C will copy the document.
  4. Create a blank Word document.
  5. Paste what is on your clipboard to the new document by Keep Text Only. Using the Paste dropdown menu from the toolbar, select the Keep Text Only option.
  6. Clean up the document as you desire or run the CleanPresentation macro. Instructions for adding a macro can be found the How do I print a quiz from Blackboard 9.1 post. You would have to substitute in the CleanPresentation macro.
  7. Save your Word document with one item on each line.
  8. Open PowerPoint, and start a new document with your Beyond Bullet Points template.
  9. Select the Home tab.
  10. From the New Slide dropdown menu, select the Slides from Outline… option. Note: It is towards the bottom of list.
  11. Find your newly created Word file.
  12. Apply a layout to your slides and add notes and images as appropriate.

If you have any questions about these procedures, please drop me a note.

Stan Skrabut, Ed.D.

Stan is Director of Technology-Enhanced Instruction. He has over 20 years experience working as an instructional technologist and trainer. He has a master’s degree in computing technology in education and a doctorate in education specializing in instructional technology.

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