How to Insert PDF into PowerPoint on Mac

Inserting a PDF file into a PowerPoint presentation on a Mac is easy and allows you to showcase documents, data, images, and more during your presentation. Here are the main methods for inserting a PDF into PowerPoint on Mac:

Use the Screenshot Function

The screenshot function allows you to capture any window or portion of your screen and insert it as an image into PowerPoint. Here are the steps:

  1. Open the PDF file you want to insert and position it how you want it to appear in PowerPoint
  2. Launch PowerPoint and open the presentation
  3. Navigate to the slide where you want to insert the PDF
  4. Click Insert > Screenshot
  5. In the Available Windows list, select the PDF file thumbnail
  6. Click Screen Clipping
  7. Use your cursor to draw a box around the portion of the PDF you want to capture
  8. The selected area will appear as an image on your slide that you can move or resize

This method allows you to quickly insert all or part of a PDF page. However, you won’t be able to directly interact with the PDF content.

Insert as an Object

You can insert the PDF file itself into the presentation:

  1. Open the presentation and navigate to the desired slide
  2. Click Insert > Object
  3. In the Insert Object box, select Create from File
  4. Click Browse and locate the PDF file
  5. Select the file and click OK

This embeds the PDF into the slide. Double-clicking the icon will then open the file in your default PDF viewer.


  • Allows you to directly open the PDF from within the presentation
  • Keeps file size small


  • Won’t retain interactive elements
  • Formatting may shift if PDF reader is different

Convert PDF to PowerPoint

For the most flexibility, convert your PDF file into a PowerPoint presentation using a tool like Adobe Acrobat:

  1. Open the PDF file in Acrobat
  2. Click Export PDF in the right pane
  3. Select Microsoft PowerPoint as the export format
  4. Select a PowerPoint version
  5. Click Export to convert and save the PDF as a PPTX file

You can then open the PowerPoint and insert the required slides into your presentation.


  • Retains all formatting
  • Allows individual PDF slides to be reused in any order


  • More complex process
  • Can take longer with large PDF files

Best Practices

When inserting PDFs into PowerPoint, follow these best practices:

  • Verify the PDF file opens correctly outside PowerPoint first
  • Delete any unnecessary pages to keep file size down
  • Check for formatting or layout shifts after insertion
  • Recreate interactive elements like links and bookmarks separately
  • Test the presentation thoroughly before finalizing


Whether you use the screenshot function, object embedding, or PDF conversion, inserting a PDF into PowerPoint on Mac is simple. Follow the best practices outlined here for seamless integration of PDF content into your presentations.