How to Insert a PDF in PowerPoint Presentation

Adding PDF documents to a PowerPoint presentation can be very useful for providing additional information and references. However, inserting a PDF into PowerPoint can sometimes be tricky. In this article, we’ll outline four easy methods to insert a PDF into PowerPoint, as well as tips for creating clickable links and optimizing the PDF content within your presentation.

Method 1: Insert PDF as an Object

The easiest way to insert a PDF into PowerPoint is to add it as an object. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation and select the slide you want to add the PDF file to.
  2. Make sure the PDF you want to insert is closed on your computer.
  3. In PowerPoint, go to the Insert tab and click on Object.
  4. In the Insert Object box, select Create from File then click Browse to locate your PDF file.
  5. Select the PDF and click Insert.

This inserts the PDF as an object that you can resize and position as needed on the slide. To open the PDF in your presentation, just double-click on the object.

Method 2: Insert PDF as an Image

If you only need to display a single page from a PDF, you can insert it as an image into PowerPoint:

  1. Open both the PDF and PowerPoint presentation.
  2. In the PDF, navigate to the page you want to insert and make sure it’s visible on-screen.
  3. Switch to PowerPoint, go to Insert > Screenshot and click on the PDF document.
  4. Drag your mouse to select the area of the PDF you want to capture.
  5. The selected area will appear as an image on your PowerPoint slide that you can format or resize.

Method 3: Hyperlink to a PDF

You can also insert a hyperlink to a PDF file on your PowerPoint slide rather than displaying the PDF content directly:

  1. In PowerPoint, select the text or image you want to be the hyperlink.
  2. Go to Insert > Hyperlink.
  3. In the Insert Hyperlink box, choose Existing File or Web Page under Link To.
  4. Locate and select your PDF file then click OK.
  5. The selected item now links directly to the PDF for easy access.

Tips for Optimizing PDFs in PowerPoint

  • Compress large PDFs before inserting to reduce file size.
  • Insert only what’s needed from multi-page PDFs.
  • Set the PDF to open automatically on click by going to Insert > Links > Action.
  • Resize inserted PDFs appropriately for easy viewing.
  • Use hyperlinks for external PDFs to avoid embedding large files.


Adding supplementary PDF documents makes your PowerPoint presentations more informative and professional. With these simple methods for inserting PDFs directly into PowerPoint slides, you can quickly optimize your presentation content. Just remember to compress files, only insert what you need, and use hyperlinks appropriately to keep your presentation file size down.