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If your Word document has been properly formatted using Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3 styles, or you've been making good use of the Outline View, you can use your file to create an instant PowerPoint presentation. There's no need to retype your content in PowerPoint or to copy and paste, phrase by phrase. So for example, I have up opened this SAMOCA Employee Handbook. I can see that all the sections have been properly formatted using Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3 styles. And if I come down here to the Outline View, I can read the whole thing as an outline.
If I change Show Level to Level 1, I can see what my title slides will be. If I change it to Heading 2, I can see my bullet points. So I am going to close my Outline View and close this document altogether. Here's my presentation and I have my first slide, and instead of recreating all of those sections, I am going to go over to where it says New Slide and choose the lower half of the button. At the bottom it says Slides from Outline. In the Chapter 1 folder of my Exercise Files I have a Word file called SAMOCA Employee Handbook.
So I'll click on it and then Insert it. Instantly I have all new slides. Each of my Heading 1 now says Introduction, Definitions Of Employee Status, and then everything that was formatted as a Heading 2 is now in as a bullet point. Now granted, I do have some formatting to do, but this was a lot faster than having to recreate all the slides manually. If I am later going to apply a design theme, a lot of that reformatting will be taken care of for me.
So if you have a Word document that's been properly formatted in sections using Heading Styles, it's infinitely faster to import it and reformat it than it is to build the slideshow by hand.
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