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Save PowerPoint 2010 Presentations in PDF Format
Save PowerPoint 2010 presentations as PDF files

Save PowerPoint 2010 presentations as PDF files

© Wendy Russell

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Save PowerPoint 2010 Presentations in PDF Format

What is PDF format?

The acronym PDF stands for Portable Document Format and was invented by Adobe Systems over fifteen years ago. This format can be used for just about any type of document to

  • dramatically reduce the file size
  • retain original formatting of document
  • send complete presentations by email with ease
  • be able to be read by anyone on any computer, by simply installing their free Adobe Reader

Unlike PowerPoint 2007, there is no need to download an additional add-in for PowerPoint 2010 in order to create a PDF file.

Saving, or to use the correct term -- publishing -- your PowerPoint 2010 document as a PDF file is a quick way to produce a PowerPoint 2010 presentation ready for printing or emailing. This will retain all the formatting you have applied, whether the viewing computer has those particular fonts, styles or themes installed on their computer or not. This is also a more secure way to forward your presentation to someone, as it prohibits editing.

Important Note - Creating a PDF file of your PowerPoint presentation is strictly for the purpose of printing or emailing for review. No animations, transitions or sounds will be activated in a PDF formatted document, and PDF files are not editable (without special additional software).

How to Save PowerPoint 2010 in PDF Format

  1. Choose File > Save & Send > Create PDF/XPS Document
  2. Under the Create a PDF/XPS Document section, click on the Create PDF/XPS button.
  3. The Publish as PDF/XPS dialog box opens.

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