Microsoft KB Archive/291877

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PSS ID Number: 291877

Article Last Modified on 9/2/2004

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002

This article was previously published under Q291877

For a Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 version of this article, see 248030.

For a Microsoft PowerPoint 98 version of this article, see 248706.

For a Microsoft PowerPoint 97 version of this article, see 248708.



This article describes how to paste an Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf) file into a Microsoft PowerPoint slide.

PowerPoint does not directly support conversion from Adobe .pdf. The .pdf format is the format in which you view and exchange documents for Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 and Adobe Acrobat Exchange for Windows.

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How to Paste a .pdf File into a Slide

To convert a .pdf file from Adobe Acrobat Reader to PowerPoint, follow these steps.

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

  1. Open your .pdf file in 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, follow these steps in Adobe Acrobat Reader:
      1. On the Tools menu, click Select Text.
      2. Drag the mouse pointer (which resembles an I-beam) over the text that you want to copy.

        The text is selected.
    • To select and copy a graphic, follow these steps:
      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 that you want to copy.
  3. On the Edit menu, click Copy.
  4. In PowerPoint, click Paste on the Edit menu.

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

Note If someone has set security in a .pdf file, you may not be able to select and copy the contents of the .pdf file for use in PowerPoint.

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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

For information about how to obtain the Acrobat Reader, visit the following Adobe Web site:

Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.

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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.

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