If you’ve ever thought it would be useful to save objects or entire slides from your PowerPoint presentation as images to use in another program, then you’re in luck! You can do precisely that in a few simple steps.
Saving Objects as Images in PowerPoint
Saving an object, or even multiple objects, from your PowerPoint presentation is extremely handy. The thing that makes this trick so useful is that the objects are saved, by default, as a transparent PNG file, meaning that you won’t have the invasive background that you would otherwise have if you just took a simple screenshot.
We’re going to use the following slide as an example over the next few sections. In this slide, we have a total of four objects.
- Image (“The Geek”)
- Text box (Title)
- Text box (Subtitle)
- Shape (Line)
Save a Single Object as an Image
To save an object as an image, we first need to select the object to be saved. In this example, we’ll select our title.
Right-click the object and select “Save as Picture” from the menu that appears.
Next, rename your file, select the file type you’d like to use, and then click “Save.”
Your object is now saved as an image! Pretty neat, right? Now, you may be wondering why you’d ever need to do this, and understandably so. As we mentioned before, the real benefit is when you want to save multiple objects from a slide as a single image.
Save Multiple Objects as a Single Image
Let’s head back to our example slide to see how it’s done.
First, we need to select the objects we want to save as an image. To select multiple objects in a slide, hold the Ctrl key while clicking each object. In this example slide, we have four objects, and we are going to select all four.
From here, the process of saving the objects as images is the same as before. Right-click any of the selected objects, select “Save as Picture” from the menu, give the file a name, select a file type, and then click “Save.” Now you have a single image of all the selected objects!
As an example, let’s see what the image looks like when it’s used in Word.
This works well if you don’t want the background of the PowerPoint slide in the image, but in the case that you do, you can simply save the entire slide as an image.
Save an Entire Slide as an Image
In “Normal View” mode, select the slide you want to save as an image from the left pane. We’ll select slide 1 in this example.
Now, select the “File” tab.
Click “Save As.”
Select the location you’d like to save the file, name your file, and then select the image file type. In this example, we’ll select .png format.
Once you’re ready, go ahead and click “Save” and a new window will appear. Here, you can choose to save all slides or just the one that you’ve selected as an image. We’ll choose “Just This One.”
Now your selected slide is saved as an image! Here’s an example of what it would look like if we were to insert it in Word.
Regardless of where you want to use the image, this method will keep your image looking clean and professional.