Software & Apps MS Office Converting PowerPoint Presentations to Word Documents Use the export tool to send your PowerPoint contents into a Word file By Wendy Russell Writer Former Lifewire writer Wendy Russell is an experienced teacher specializing in live communications, graphics design, and PowerPoint software. our editorial process Wendy Russell Updated December 02, 2019 cat-scape / Getty Images MS Office Powerpoint Word Excel Outlook Tweet Share Email A PowerPoint document cannot be converted into a Word document. PowerPoint documents are slide-based files intended for projection whereas Word documents present text intended for print. However, PowerPoint supports a create handouts utility that exports PowerPoint presentation slides and notes into a format that Word accommodates. Even better, the changes you make in Word can flow back into PowerPoint. Information in this article applies to PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint 2019, and PowerPoint 2016. However, PowerPoint has supported an export-to-handouts feature in some fashion since at least Word 2010. How to Export PowerPoint Content as Word Handouts Send your PowerPoint outline and notes to Word in just a few steps: Select File > Export to display the Export window. Select Create Handouts. In the Send to Microsoft Word dialog box, select your preferred page layout, then (at the bottom of the box) choose whether to paste the slides into Word, which will make a copy, or paste a link, which will tie back to PowerPoint. Pasting a link means that any changes you make in Word will reflect back in PowerPoint. However, you must have access to the PowerPoint document when you edit the Word document, otherwise you cannot access the slide links. Select OK. Word opens with the exported document. Another way to send paper copies of your presentation, and to bypass Word, is to print your slideshow to PDF. The Save as Adobe PDF feature in PowerPoint exports a full-color, full-page version of each slide on one page of a PDF, with speakers' notes included as an annotation on the relevant slide.