Recently, a friend told me he sometimes copied and pasted text from a Microsoft Office Word document into PowerPoint and then changed the size, color, and so on on every slide.
You should never have to do that.
You can import text from Word or even Notepad (or any text editor) to create a new presentation. This is called importing an outline. Follow these steps to create the outline:
Here’s an example:
Word or Notepad document
To use the outline, follow these steps:
Start a new presentation.
That’s it! Your presentation is created! Here’s an example. The only change I made was to use the Title Slide layout for the first slide.
presentation slides created
As you can see, the text comes in the appropriate size, according to the slide master.
You can also insert an outline into an existing presentation. Perhaps you have some content that you want to use for just a couple of slides. Follow these steps:
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Thank you for the advice – it was something I could not find in Office Help!
I still have a problem: all my lines come out as page headings in Power Point no matter how many tabs I put in front on them in Word or Notepad. What could be the solution?
Have you tried Notepad? In Word, you can try using Heading1 (for slide titles) and Heading2 (for bulleted text). Notepad is more reliable.
I was having the same problem with my text file, (everything saving to one slide)
I am using a Mac and changed the settings on the text file to save with Windows Line Endings (CRLF)
After that it worked fine.
I’m glad you figured out how to do that. I had someone do some work for me that involved text files and she was on a Mac. The lines always ran together.
I have the same problem as Katri – all my text comes out as page headings.
I tried saving to plaintext. Unfortunately, my text is not English and I save it as UTF8. Notepad opens the file fine, but Powerpoint imports it as gibberish
Putting heading styles manually on each line in word is absurd .. there has got to be an easier way!
Figured it out .. you have to save as Unicode, not UTF8, for ppt to read it
Thanks for the helpful article!
Now I have to figure out how to use this with a ppt template.
This was awesome, thank you!
I also found I could adjust slides en-masse, by clicking View | Slide Master. This allowed me to center the textbox, and center the text in the textbox, with just a few clicks. But I also saw I could adjust other formatting options as well.
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