How to Convert PDF to PowerPoint on Mac

So you just received a PDF document on your Mac and the content is basically a presentation-ready style PPT? Now you want to convert the PDF file into PowerPoint without taking the time to create a new PPT from scratch.

What is the best way to do this? Well, it all depends on how complex your PDF file is.

If the content isn’t that lengthy, copy the text from the PDF file, create a new PowerPoint on your Mac, and paste the content you just copied.

If you don’t want to spend time doing that, there are also a few other ways to get it done. That’s what you’re going to learn in this guide.

Method 1: Screenshot PDF Content as Images and Paste on PowerPoint


  • It’s super simple and quick, time-saving!
  • Good to handle scanned PDF files which are basically images.


  • Less flexible as you can’t make changes to the source file.
  • Your PowerPoint presentation may not look that professional.
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If the PDF contains a lot of elements such as text, images, graphs, data, custom design, etc; The most efficient way to turn the PDF into PPT is to take a few screenshots of the document, then open PowerPoint for Mac, create a new project and insert the images (i.e. screenshots) as slides.

First, open your PDF file in the Preview app. Then to take screenshots on Mac, simply press Command + Shift + 4 combination keys and screenshot the area. This method can also save you lots of time if you are dealing with a scanned PDF file.

Method 2: Online PDF To Powerpoint Converter Tools


  • Relative easy to use, just upload your files and wait.
  • No need to download or install any third-party apps.


  • Security/privacy concerns as you have to upload the PDF to the developer’s server.
  • Most of them do not support batch or partial conversion.
  • Can’t handle scanned PDFs due to lack of OCR.
  • Quality of output presentation file may be low.

If you want to convert PDF to PowerPoint without using any software, then online conversion tools are probably the best solution for you.

A quick Google search will show you a long list of such tools. Beware of those who don’t have any disclosure or privacy policies regarding how to protect your uploaded files.

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Because those conversion tools require you to upload your PDF document to their server. Therefore, don’t use this method if your PDF file contains sensitive data or business credentials that only authorized persons can access.

If your document is not so important and you are not paranoid about security or privacy, here are a few good online PDF to PowerPoint converter tools you can try (restrictions or limitations may apply):

Method 3: Use a Mac PDF to PowerPoint Converter App


  • Secure, user-friendly.
  • Powerful and comprehensive features.
  • Support OCR, batch/particle conversion.
  • Conversion quality is high.


  • Not free, you’ll have to pay.

Adobe Acrobat Pro and PDFelement are popular options. We recommend PDFelement because it’s cheaper (about half of the price of Adobe Acrobat), and relatively easier to use. It also has an OCR version that enables scanned PDF to PPT conversion.

To convert PDF to PPT on your Mac using PDFelement, follow these steps:

  • Install PDFelement on your Mac.
  • Launch it and click the “Convert PDF” mode to continue.
  • In the new pop-up window, drag the PDF file you’d like to convert and specify the output format to be “Microsoft Office PowerPoint (.pptx)”
  • Click “Convert” to proceed.
  • Download the PowerPoint file once the conversion is complete.

These are the three quick ways we wanted to share with you for converting a PDF document to an Office PPT file on Mac. If you find any other good solutions, leave a comment and let us know.

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