How to Convert a PDF to PowerPoint

Do you need to convert your PDF document to a PowerPoint presentation? There are a couple of ways to do this. One is relatively free and painless. The other may also be painless, but it’s not free.

How to Convert a PDF to PowerPoint

Check out your options below to see which one works for you.

Converting from PDF to PPT with Adobe (PAID) in Windows 10

If you work with PDFs often, you may already have a full version of the Adobe software. If you do, you’re in luck because converting your PDF will be relatively easy.

  1. Open your PDF file in Acrobat.
  2. Select “Export to” from your right-side tool pane.
  3. Under the “Convert to” heading, select “Microsoft PowerPoint” and click on the “Convert” button.
  4. Name your file and save it.

If you plan on converting PDFs to PowerPoint regularly, it may be convenient for you to buy the software. However, if you are on a limited budget or rarely convert these types of files there are other options available to you.

Using TinyWow

TinyWow is another online FREE tool that is easy to use with high-quality results where you can open through PCs or Mobile. One of its use is to convert PDF to Powerpoint presentations and here’s how:

  1. Go to TinyWow.
  2. Search and choose the “PDF to POWERPOINT” option.
  3. To upload your pdf file, click the Upload from PC or Mobile button.
  4. Click the Pdf file you want to convert, then press Open.
  5. Wait for a few seconds for the site to process the conversion.
  6. After it generates, click the Download button.
  7. Look for your file in the download folder on your computer.

Convert PDFs to Images and Insert Them into PowerPoint

One option is to convert your PDF files into JPG or PNG formats. This option also involves conversion, but you can use the images for other applications as well.

For instance, if you want to insert the same PDF documents into a Word report, it’s easier to do so if the files are converted into images beforehand.

Converting your PDF files into images first also allows you to pick which pages you want to include in your presentation. Online converters will typically convert a multipage document in one batch. Therefore, if you’re going to select individual pages from your PDF, you have to delete them from the PowerPoint manually unless you convert select pages to images.

Adding your PDF files as images also gives you the option of formatting and resizing the entire file as you would a normal picture.

If you want to reformat PDF files made into PowerPoint, you would need to handle each element separately. But using images has a significant advantage—you’ll be able to edit them.

Converting from PDF to PowerPoint on macOS

Mac users have similar conversion options as Windows users. The online PDF converter tools work for any OS that includes a browser. Some third-party software providers are free, while others will charge you a fee—sounds like a Dr. Seuss rhyme. Mac also has built-in tools that convert PDFs to PowerPoint. You can even use the full version of Adobe to convert files quickly and easily, but again, that is a paid option. Here’s what you can do on a Mac to convert PDF to PPT.

Option #1: Use Mac PDF to PPT Online Converters

As mentioned, PDF online converters work on any OS using a compatible web browser. If using smallPDF, follow the steps above as instructed for Windows 10. For other free and paid PDF to PPT online converters, search for them and find one that suits your needs.

Option #2: Use macOS Preview to convert PDF to PPT

Mac Preview opens PDF files natively, so it works great to convert PDFs to PPT. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Open your PDF file using “Finder” and it will automatically open in “Preview.”
  2. Click on “File -> Export”
  3. Name your file.
  4. Adjust the “Format,” “Quality,” and “Resolution” as needed.
  5. Click on “Save.”

Note: If you only need the text from your PDFs, highlight it within Preview and then paste it into your PowerPoint presentation to save time.

Option #3: Use PDF to PowerPoint Converter in the Mac App Store

PDF to PowerPoint Converter by 科 姚 (Branch Yao) is an app that does all the work for you, including images and text conversion. The app is now Free, but it may require a fee for other conversion formats such as Word, Excel, and EPUB.

  1. Open the Mac App Store.
  2. Search for “PDF to PowerPoint Converter” 
  3. Install the app.
  4. Launch PDF to PowerPoint Converter and enjoy!

PDF Conversion Alternatives for macOS

Paste Images from a PDF into PPT Using Mac’S Snap and Edit Tools

If you have a Mac, you can create images of your PDF files to use in PowerPoint as an alternative to bulk converting a PDF file to PPT. While this process may not be as optimal as PDF conversions, it works perfectly for one-page needs or a PDF document portion.

  1. Open your desired PDF file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  2. Go to the “Tools” menu and select “Snapshot.”
  3. Crop the PDF section you want to use, and it automatically gets copied to your clipboard.
  4. Paste the copied PDF content onto your PowerPoint slide.


As you can see, there are many options to choose from when you need to convert a PDF file into a PowerPoint presentation, whether using macOS or Windows, or even Linux. If you are a PowerPoint guru who needs to make conversions regularly, your best option is to invest in a paid converter program.

Paid programs are reliable and more secure than uploading your files to a server. However, if you rarely use converters or don’t have the budget for them, the free online PDF to PPT options are your best choice.

Lastly, you don’t need to convert your entire PDF file to PowerPoint at all if you only need a select portion of it or a specific page. Remember, converting PDF to image files first is always a secondary option that may work for your particular situation.

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