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How to Merge PowerPoint Slides Into Microsoft Word

Updated April 17, 2017

There are two ways you can merge PowerPoint slides into Word: embed them or link to them. When you embed slides, they will stay how they were when you embedded them, regardless of any changes made to the original PowerPoint file. When you link to slides, any changes you make to the original PowerPoint file will be reflected on the slides in your Word document. Whether you decide to embed or link to PowerPoint slides in Word, the method of achieving the goal is virtually the same.

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  1. Launch Microsoft Word from your computer's "Start" menu.

  2. Open the document you want to merge with PowerPoint.

  3. Launch PowerPoint from your computer's "Start" menu.

  4. Open the document you want to merge with Word.

  5. Click on "Slide Sorter" in PowerPoint. It's located in the "Presentation Views" section under the "View" tab.

  6. Click on the slide that you want to merge with Word. If you want to select multiple slides, hold down the "Shift" key while you click on two different slides. This will select the two slides that you clicked on and all the slides in between. If you want to select multiple slides that aren't grouped together, hold down the "Ctrl" key while you click on each slide individually.

  7. Hold down the "Ctrl" and "C" keys simultaneously.

  8. Switch to your Word program.

  9. Click on the area of your Word document where you want your PowerPoint slides to appear.

  10. Click on the downwards-facing arrow under "Paste" in Word. It is located in the "Clipboard" section under the "Home" tab.

  11. Click on "Paste Special" in the drop-down menu. This will cause the "Paste Special" pop-up window to appear.

  12. Click on "Microsoft Office PowerPoint Object" in the "As" list of the pop-up window.

  13. Click on the circle beside "Paste" in the pop-up window to embed the PowerPoint slides you selected, or click on the circle beside "Paste Link" to insert a link to the PowerPoint slides you selected.

  14. Click the "OK" button in the lower-right corner of the pop-up window.

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About the Author

Crystal Bonser has been working as a freelance writer and editor for an educational website since 2009. She is also the creator of a pet-loss website on which she facilitates weekly grief support groups. Bonser holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a minor in psychology from Ryerson University.

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