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Microsoft KB Archive/248030

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PPT2000: How to Place Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 (*.pdf) Files on a Slide

PSS ID Number: 248030

Article Last Modified on 4/18/2001

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2000

This article was previously published under Q248030

For a Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 version of this article, see 291877.
For a Microsoft PowerPoint 98 version of this article, see 248706.
For a Microsoft PowerPoint 97 version of this article, see 248708.


Microsoft PowerPoint does not directly support conversion from Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). PDF is the format in which you view and exchange documents for Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 and Adobe Acrobat Exchange for Windows.

NOTE: These steps only apply to Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.x and not earlier or later versions.


To convert a PDF document from Adobe Acrobat Reader to Microsoft PowerPoint, follow these steps:

  1. Open your PDF document into Adobe Acrobat Reader for Windows.
  2. Select the content of the current screen image that you want to use in PowerPoint by doing one of the following:
    • To select and copy text, do the following in Adobe Acrobat Reader:

      1. On the Tools menu, click Select Text.
      2. Click and drag the mouse pointer (which resembles an I-beam) over the text you want to copy. The text is selected (highlighted).
    • To select and copy a graphic, do the following:

      1. On the Tools menu, click Select Graphics.
      2. Click and drag the mouse pointer (which resembles a large plus sign [+]) around the picture or graphic you want to copy.
  3. On the Edit menu, click Copy.
  4. In Microsoft PowerPoint, click Paste on the Edit menu.

Text pasted from Adobe Acrobat retains its character-level formatting, for example: fonts, bold, italic, underline, color, and so on. Text does not retain graphics, paragraph formatting, and other formatting when copied to the Windows Clipboard.

NOTE: If someone has set security in a PDF file, you may be unable to select and copy the contents of the PDF document for use in PowerPoint.

The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.


For information about how to contact Adobe, click the appropriate article number in the following list to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

65416 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, A-K

60781 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, L-P

60782 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, Q-Z

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