Physics

Converting a PowerPoint File to PDF

It has been noticed on some non Internet Explorer browsers that conversion from PowerPoint to a webpage (html) format doesn't work. In order to get around this problem, you can either:

  • Export the files as GIFs or Jpegs in the same way you export a webpage.
  • Convert from PowerPoint to the Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

The pros and cons of PowerPoint export formats can be found on the document located here. Before beginning, it is assumed that you are already running Windows (as we converting PowerPoint files). It is also assumed that you have created the PowerPoint file, and you have it stored on your personal area in the H drive.

  1. Log into Terminal server (TermServQC) at http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/tsweb/.
    Remote Desktop logon page screen dump
  2. Log in with your existing details (remember to choose the right domain also).
    Windows Server Logon Box
  3. Start Microsoft PowerPoint, and load (Ctrl+O) your file from the H drive.
  4. Go to Print your file (Ctrl+P).
  5. From the "Name" dropdown – select the "Acrobat PDFWriter" option. Click ok after this is selected.
    Print Dialogue Box
  6. You will be prompted for a file name to save to. Save the .PDF file onto your H drive.
  7. Quit Terminal Server (use Ctrl+Alt+Pause) to toggle back into the browser window – and shut it down. Your PDF should now be stored in the location you have saved it.