2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 27, 2009 6:26 PM by Tulse
Stamper Level 1 (60 points)
A friend just called me asking if I could convert a Keynote document they received to a PowerPoint document so they could use it for a presentation they are giving. They are PC people and cannot read the Keynote document. Is this possible? Can I convert it? I do not know much about Keynote or PowerPoint. If it can be done, do I just open it up and click Share, Export, PPT, Next, type name and location, Export? If so, does location just mean where I would like it to go like Desktop, etc.? Or do I have to do something else. I know these are instructions for when you are creating one yourself. Don't know if I would follow them for one that is already created. Hope someone can help me so that I can help my friend.

iMac 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Ashka Level 4 (3,780 points)
    Location is where you want to save it.. Desktop is handy so you can send it back or put it on his flashdrive etc.
    No problem with a finished keynote document, just open it in Keynote then Export. Hopefully you have all the fonts used installed.

    I usually save mine as Quicktime so I can send them to Windows using friends as they can install Quicktime for Windows from Apple.
    Saving as Power point can change somethings that Power point can't read or use .
  • Tulse Level 5 (5,790 points)
    Do be aware that a lot of the wonderful features of Keynote simply do not translate over -- PowerPoint doesn't have equivalents for many of the transitions and animations, and generally does not have nearly as nice graphics effects. Also, as Ashka noted, the fonts used by many Keynote templates likely will not exist on a standard Windows machine, so they will be replaced with defaults, which may not preserve the spacing you want.

    I always strongly urge anyone who is converting a Keynote presentation to PowerPoint to make sure they can view the exported version in PowerPoint on a Windows machine before they send it to their end user, to make any final needed corrections from within PowerPoint itself. Otherwise, you may have some unwelcomed surprises when the PowerPoint version gets presented.