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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.

  1. Image (“The Geek”)
  2. Text box (Title)
  3. Text box (Subtitle)
  4. Shape (Line)

4 objects in powerpoint

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.

Select text box in Powerpoint

Right-click the object and select “Save as Picture” from the menu that appears.

Save as picture

Next, rename your file, select the file type you’d like to use, and then click “Save.”

Rename image file and 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.

Insert PowerPoint image 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.

Select Slide 1 in Normal View mode

Now, select the “File” tab.

Select file tab

Click “Save As.”

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.”

Save just one slide as an image

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.

PowerPoint Slide inserted in Word

Regardless of where you want to use the image, this method will keep your image looking clean and professional.

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Marshall is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer based in Tokyo, Japan, runs VGKAMI and ITEnterpriser, and spends what little free time he has learning Japanese.
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