How to Convert PDF to PowerPoint

Quickly turn your docs into PPT

What to Know

  • Go to Adobe's online PDF to PowerPoint conversion tool. Click Select a file > click Open when you find it and follow the on-screen prompts.
  • Acrobat Pro: In the PDF document, click Export PDF. Select Microsoft PowerPoint from the Convert to dropdown menu. Click Convert.
  • You need a paid subscription to Adobe Acrobat Pro (there's a free trial) to complete the process.

This article explains how to convert PDF documents to PowerPoint slides using the Adobe PDF to PowerPoint conversion tool in Adobe Acrobat both online and within a PDF document.

How to Convert PDF to PPT Using Abode's Free Conversion Tool

There are many reasons to convert a PDF file to a PowerPoint presentation. It could be as simple as creating a presentation from an existing document, or you may want to edit and add to the content in the PDF document to make a presentation. Whatever the reason, the easiest way to convert PDF to PPT is to use Adobe's online conversion tool.

The online conversion tool from Adobe is not free to use. You may be able to access it using a free trial, but you'll have to sign up for the service or lose access to your documents once the trial is over.

  1. Go to the Adobe Convert PDF to PowerPoint tool online.

  2. Click Select a file.

    The Select a file option on the Adobe PDF to PPT conversion website.
  3. Navigate to and select the file you want to convert from PDF to PowerPoint, and then click Open.

    Selecting a file to convert from PDF to PPT.
  4. The upload area will change to display a message that the file is first uploading and then converting. There's nothing for you to do but wait for the tool to complete.

    The Adobe website actively converting a document from PDF to PowerPoint.
  5. When the conversion is complete, a preview of the PowerPoint file is displayed, and you'll get a prompt to sign in with Adobe, Google, or Apple. Enter the appropriate information to sign in.

    The sign in prompt on Adobe's website once your file has been converted from PDF to PPT.
  6. Once you're signed in, locate the file in the list of Recent documents and click the three-dot menu at the right end of the file information line.

    You may also see a listing for the file in the upper right corner of the page. If that's the case, you can simply click Download from there to download the file to your hard drive.

    The More menu on a document that's been converted by the online Adobe PDF to PPT converter.
  7. In the menu that appears, click the Download button to download the file to your computer.

    The download option on the Adobe website when converting a PDF to a PPT file.

One thing to keep in mind when you're converting files from PDF to PPT is that they may not always convert perfectly, especially for graphics-heavy files, like the one used in this example. The tool did not correctly convert some of the words. The conversion process works better with text and light graphics rather than heavy, complex ones.

A file converted from PDF to PowerPoint, with mistakes in the conversion.

Creating a PowerPoint File From Within a PDF File

You can also create a PowerPoint file from within the PDF file. Find and open the file you want to convert, and then follow these instructions.

  1. In the PDF document, click Export PDF.

    The Export PDF option in Adobe.
  2. The file you have open should already appear in the Select PDF File text field in the menu that appears.

    Select the Convert to: Dropdown menu and choose Microsoft PowerPoint.

    The Microsoft PowerPoint image in the Convert PDF menu of Adobe.
  3. Click Convert.

    The Convert option in Adobe.
  4. If you don't already have a subscription to Adobe Acrobat Pro, you'll get a prompt to sign up for one. There is a short free trial that you can use. If you already have a subscription to Acrobat Pro, or once you've signed up for the free trial, the file will begin converting.

    A PDF converting to a PowerPoint file in Adobe.
  5. Once the conversion is complete, you can click Save As and save the file to your hard drive or click View Converted Files to view the file online.

    Options for viewing and download converted files in Adobe.

If you opt to try the Adobe Acrobat Pro free trial to convert your PDF to a PowerPoint document, don't forget to cancel the free trial before it ends so you don't get charged for it. The free trial is seven days, and as long as you cancel before the end of it, you won't have to pay.

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