PowerPoint is great for creating and presenting a presentation, but you may not feel
comfortable organizing your thoughts or writing text there. Although PowerPoint has an outline pane
(see the Outline tab in the image below in the upper-left?), I often prefer organizing text in
Microsoft Word or Notepad, where I can focus on my text without worrying how it
Fortunately, it’s easy to import this text into PowerPoint once I’m ready to create my presentation.
Check out the Insert menu | Slides From Outline.
Then just apply a design template to make it pretty.
I’ve gotten this to work most successfully with:
- plain text files and
- Word files that have headings created in Outline View (View |
Outline in Word)
This feature’s been around at least since PowerPoint 4.0, but I never quite found it until someone pointed it out to me.