The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Friday, July 20, 2007

PowerPoint to Keynote!

This is a great tip submitted by Murali Srinivas: PowerPoint to Keynote! If you have a PowerPoint presentation and you want to play it on a Mac that only has Keynote or if you want to be able to control the presentation with your Apple remote, this tip is for you. What it will do is it will transform the PowerPoint presentation into a read-only Keynote presentation. The fact that it is read-only insures that the formatting stays perfect. To do it:

1. Print the PowerPoint presentation as PDF.
2. Download the freeware "PDF to Keynote" at
3. Use the freeware to convert the PDF into a read-only Keynote. Choose the resolution that match the resolution of your screen (or projector).
4. That's it! You'll now be able to read your presentation on any Mac with Keynote and best of all, you can control it with the Apple Remote!!

Thanks for the great tip Murali!


Blogger Joe said...

Or you could just use iRed Lite.

This Tutorial shows you how to add powerpoint functionality

July 20, 2007 at 12:01 AM  
Blogger Todd said...

or you could just open it in keynote, powerpoint files open in keynote by default if you don't have Powerpoint installed.

July 20, 2007 at 2:53 AM  
Blogger Terry Singh said...

is there any way of turning a powerpoint into a pdf???

thankz john

July 20, 2007 at 5:59 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

ya just go to print and in the lower left there is a PDF drop-down menu, and you choose one of those

July 20, 2007 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Mr.TFM said...

Why should I transform a pps into a PDF when Keynote can open pps by itserlf????

July 20, 2007 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Opening a PowerPoint file in Keynote directly is nearly the best way of not keeping the formatting the way you want it. It's the same thing if you open a Word file in Pages. Whatever Apple says, exchanging files between Office and iWork is not easy.

I also think you can make the presentation standalone in PowerPoint, but you then won't be able to control it with the Apple Remote.


July 20, 2007 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

Do keynote files open up in Powerpoint? I had to send it to my boss who only has windows. Please help!!!

August 5, 2007 at 8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we made a pdf all transitions and music are lost.

July 24, 2008 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

his is a great tip. I also have gone through the change from PowerPoint to Keynote. I left some information on that on my blog on Apple.

May 1, 2009 at 10:57 PM  

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