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PowerPoint: Copying a Word Formula into PowerPoint PSS ID Number: Q44972 Article last modified on 07-28-1993 PSS database name: M_PowerPt

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The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft PowerPoint for the Macintosh, versions 2.0, 2.01, and 3.0


To import a Microsoft Word formula into Microsoft PowerPoint, the formula must be converted to graphic format, using Word’s Copy As Picture command.


Version 3.0

  1. In Word, turn off the paragraph marks by choosing Options from the Tool menu, selecting View from the Category box, and clearing the Paragraph Marks box under Nonprinting Characters.
  2. Select the area you want to copy.
  3. From the Edit menu, choose Copy.
  4. Switch to PowerPoint.
  5. From the Edit menu, choose Paste. The formula from Word will paste as an embedded object (this means it’s linked to Word). If you want to paste the formula as a picture instead, choose Paste Special from the Edit menu and choose Picture.

Versions 2.0 and 2.01

The procedure is as follows:

  1. In Word, choose Hide Paragraphs from the Edit menu to display the result of the Word formula.
  2. Select the result of the formula.
  3. From the Edit menu, choose Copy As Picture.
  4. In PowerPoint, choose Paste from the Edit menu.

The formula can then be resized or cropped in PowerPoint, if desired.

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