How to Convert PowerPoint to Excel

Converting PowerPoint presentations to Excel spreadsheets can be useful for extracting and analyzing data from slides. There are a few methods to convert PPT files to Excel.

Why Convert PowerPoint to Excel

Here are some common reasons to convert PowerPoint slides to Excel:

  • Extract tabular data from slides into a spreadsheet for further analysis
  • Consolidate data from multiple slides into one Excel file
  • Take advantage of Excel’s powerful calculation and charting features
  • Share data in a format people can easily edit and analyze

Methods to Convert PowerPoint to Excel

There are a few options for converting PowerPoint files to Excel. Here are some popular techniques:

Insert PowerPoint as Object in Excel

You can embed an entire PowerPoint presentation into an Excel file as an object:

  1. Open the target Excel workbook
  2. On the Insert tab, click Object > Create from File
  3. Select the PowerPoint file and click Insert
  4. The PowerPoint slides will appear as images in Excel that you can double-click to view/play

Pros: Simple process, links data to source file

Cons: Can’t edit data, large file sizes

Copy-Paste Slides as Images

You can copy slides as images and paste them into an Excel worksheet:

  1. Open the PowerPoint and Excel files
  2. Select the slides and copy them (Ctrl/Cmd+C)
  3. Switch to Excel, select a cell, and paste (Ctrl/Cmd+V)
  4. The slides will appear as images that can be resized

Pros: Easy to do, editable in Excel

Cons: Loses slide formatting, can’t update from source

Export PowerPoint Table Data

If a slide contains a PowerPoint table, you can export just the table data:

  1. Right-click the table and select Export to Excel
  2. Choose whether to export as image or formatted text
  3. Select location to save new Excel workbook

Pros: Exports clean data, maintains formatting

Cons: Only works for tables, not charts/images

Convert via PDF (Add-ins Required)

You can convert via PDF using PowerPoint and Excel add-ins:

  1. Install PowerPoint PDF add-in (e.g. Adobe PDF maker)
  2. Save PPT file as PDF
  3. Open PDF in Excel PDF importer (e.g. Adobe Acrobat)
  4. Convert PDF to Excel

Pros: Retains formatting, editable Excel output

Cons: Requires extra software, can get costly

Automate with Macros or Scripts

For frequent conversions, you can automate the process with Visual Basic macros or scripts:

  • Record macro of manual steps in PowerPoint and Excel
  • Write VBA code to open files, export slides, save Excel file
  • Run macro to repeat process automatically

Scripts in Python, C#, or other languages can also automate conversion.

Pros: Saves time for batch processing

Cons: Requires coding expertise

Linking Excel and PowerPoint

Rather than doing a one-time conversion, you can link Excel data to PowerPoint for automatic updates:

  • Create chart in Excel, copy/paste values only into PowerPoint
  • When Excel data changes, update link by pasting again
  • Ensure both files are on shared network drive (e.g. OneDrive)

Pros: Charts update automatically when data refreshes

Cons: Requires manual paste to update, can break links


  • Use object embedding for one-time conversion needs
  • Utilize linking for presentations tied to regularly updated Excel data
  • Automate for frequent batch conversions with VBA or scripts
  • Work from Excel data backwards: create charts in Excel, then copy to PowerPoint

Converting between PowerPoint and Excel is easy with the right technique. Evaluate your specific needs to determine the best method for integrating PPT charts and data into Excel.