How to Convert a PDF Document into a PowerPoint Presentation?

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When preparing for a presentation, you may come across a PDF file featuring important supporting information, including graphs, charts, and images. If you have enough time, you can always extract important information manually and add it to your PowerPoint presentation. Most people are strapped for time. To make things easy for you, we will show you easier ways you can use to convert PDF to PPT. 

Workable Ways to Convert PDF to PPT

Use Computer Programs 

Computer programs make the whole process of converting PDFs to PPTs, Excel files or word files extremely easy. The major downside that comes with opting to use computer programs is that they are not entirely free. Most will have a free trial version – the free trial version will either come with a lot of limitations or will expire after a certain period of time. 

Generally, computer programs are ideal for when you are working with confidential documents. Since the computer programs will be working within your computer, you should be able to avoid information leakage. On top of keeping your information safe, dedicated computer programs usually offer more customization features – compared to most online tools (we will look at the online tools in the next section). 

Below, we have some of the top-rated computer programs you can use to convert PDF to PPT:

  1. Adobe Acrobat Pro

Adobe Acrobat, developed by the same company that came up with the Portable Document Format (PDF), is one of the best programs you can use to convert PDF to PPT. Feature-wise, Adobe Acrobat will allow you to select the parts of the PDF that you would like to convert and even set up your predefined PPT settings. 

While Adobe Acrobat does have a free trial version lasting for 7 days, it will set you back $14.99 per month after the trial version expires. If you make the PDF conversions occasionally, this price may be quite hard to justify. 

If you decide to use Adobe Acrobat Pro to convert PDF to PPT, you will have to follow the steps we have outlined below:

Step 1: After installing Adobe Acrobat on your computer (versions for both Mac and PC are available) launch the tool. 

Step 2: Open the PDF file you would like to convert to PPT. 

Step 3: On the right pane, tap the Export PDF tool. 

Step 4: Select Microsoft PowerPoint as your preferred export format. 

Step 5: Tap the Export button. If the PDF document does feature some scanned text, Adobe will turn on the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) automatically. 

Step 6: Name the PowerPoint file and then save it to a preferred location. 

  • Wondershare PDFelement 

Compared to Adobe Acrobat, PDFelement is cheaper. The tool will require you to pay a one-time payment of $59.95 – this will buy you a lifetime license. The tool does have a free trial, you can make sure the tool is ideal for you before you go ahead and pay. 

To learn how to convert PDF to PPT using PDFelement, follow the steps below:

Step 1: After installing PDFelement on your computer, launch the tool. Click the Open File button available on the Home Window and then import your PDF file into the tool. 

Step 2: Go to Home tab > Select “To Others” and then hit the “Convert to PowerPoint” option. 

Step 3: On the pop-up window that appears, customize the settings. When you are done, hit the Save button. The PPT should be ready in just a couple of seconds. 

  • Nitro 

To get a lifetime license for Nitro, you will need to pay $159.99. Before paying, you can try the tool just to make sure that it is a good fit. If you would like to convert PDF to PPT using Nitro, you will need to follow the steps below:

Step 1: After launching Nitro on your computer, go to the Home tab > Convert Group > select To PowerPoint. 

Step 2: In the Convert PDF to PowerPoint Window, you can do the following:

  • Tap the Add Files button and then select the PDF files you would like to include in the conversion. 
  • Reorder the documents by clicking a document and then using the Move Down or Move Up options. To remove a PDF file from the list, tap the Remove button. 
  • To quickly export all PDF files to PowerPoint, check the “Include all the currently open documents” checkbox. 
  • To convert specific pages in a PDF document, select the document and then hit the Choose Pages option. Enter your desired page range separated by a dash in the Pages field, for example, to convert pages 3, 4, and 5, enter 3-5. 
  • On the output section, specify where you would like the application to store your PPT and whether you would like the file to be opened automatically after the conversion. 

Step 3: To complete the conversion, hit the Convert button. 

  • SodaPDF 

This tool will require you to pay $48 per year to keep converting your PDF files to PPT and other document versions. The process of converting your PDF to PPT using SodaPDF is not complicated. The steps outlined below should show you how to do it:

Step 1: After installing SodaPDF on your computer, open the file you would like to convert to PDF in the tool. 

Step 2: On the Convert Module, tap on the PDF to PowerPoint option.

Step 3: Under pages to convert, choose the option that works best for you. You can choose between All, Current, First, Last, or you can enter a Range. 

Step 4: Under Convert Settings, select whether you would like the tool to use the OCR. Also, you can select whether you would like the PPT to be opened automatically or not. If the PDF document does have tables, you will need to tick the checkbox for “Detect and Convert Table” for the application to retain the tables. 

Step 5: Select the location where you would like to store the converted document under “Save Converted Documents to”. 

Step 6: When you become ready to convert your file, hit the Convert button and wait. 

Use Online Tools to Convert PDF to PPT

The majority of PDF to PPT converters available online are free. This is the major reason a lot of people prefer to convert PDF to PPT online. 

To convert PDF to PPT online, you will need to upload your document to a third-party server. This gives the server owner access to your document. Since you cannot control whether the server owner views the file or not, it is essential that you only use the online converters with less sensitive documents. 

Note: While most online converters claim that they respect their users’ privacy, some of the converters do not honor their claims. Determining which online converter honors its claims and which one does not is next to impossible. 

Below, we have some of the best online PDF to PPT converters. We have outlined the steps you will need to follow to use each tool.

  1. Use SmallPDF.com

Step 1: Visit https://smallpdf.com/pdf-to-ppt

Step 2: Tap the Choose File option in the toolbox. Next, select the PDF file you would like to convert to PPT. 

Step 3: After the upload is complete, the conversion will be initiated automatically. 

Step 4: Wait for the conversion to complete. You can then go ahead and download the PPT. 

  • Use ilovepdf.com

Step 1: Visit https://www.ilovepdf.com/pdf_to_powerpoint on a computer web browser. 

Step 2: If the documents are available on your computer, you can simply drag and drop them in the work area. Alternatively, you can tap the Select PDF file button. Options to add files from both Google Drive and Dropbox are available. 

Step 3: After adding the PDF file, you will have to wait for the conversion to complete before downloading your PPT. 

  • Use Freepdfconvert.com

Step 1: Visit https://www.freepdfconvert.com/pdf-to-ppt 

Step 2: Select the file you would like to convert to PPT. You can always do this by dragging and dropping the files. The online tool does allow its users to select their documents from cloud storages, including Google Drive and Dropbox. You can also insert a link to the PDF document. 

Step 3: The moment you upload the files, the conversion will be initiated automatically. After the conversion, you can download the PPT to your computer. 

Additional online PDF to PPT converters you can use include:

Summary 

If you have a PDF file that you would like to use in your presentation, you can convert it to PPT quickly and easily. The tools we have outlined in this article should help you automate the whole process. If you choose to use the online programs, make sure that the documents are not sensitive. For sensitive documents, be sure to stick with the desktop programs. 

Author: Treyton Collins

An tech editor for Starzsoft.com offering the professional how-to articles for Apple and Android users.