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I want to embed a powerpoint slide in a word document.

I don't want to export it as JPG and insert the picture into my word document. I want it to be "dynamically linked", i.e. whenever I edit/change/update my slide the word document gets changed too.

Is that possible? How?

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I am aware that this question is primarily about Office 2007. This option is available in 2010, and may be missing in 2007.

Paste special, as link

This is based on harrymc's comment.

  1. Copy the entire PowerPoint slide. Select the slide thumbnail on the left list and press CtrlC

  2. Click the arrow under Paste in Word; select Paste Special.... CtrlAltV does the same thing.

    Screenshot of paste special option
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  3. Select the Paste link radio button and Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Object

    Screenshot of paste special box
    Click for full size

Direct link by slide number?

As you may have noticed in my screenshots from the paste special, the link is actually specified by filename.pptx!slidenumber. I've tried, but it seems it's not possible to specify the slide number in this way when adding as an object. When adding an object, the only way to get a Slide rather than a Presentation is to create a new one, not add from file.

Basically, just use the paste special method.

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Go to the Insert ribbon then select the Object drop down (towards the right hand end).

On the dialog that comes up, select the Create from File tab, enter the name your Power Point and check the Link to file option.

NOTE This only links to the entire presentation rather than any one specific slide.

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thanks. I just want to embed one slide as if I had exported it as JPG and inserted it into word. – flybywire Nov 21 '09 at 19:22
@flybywire - I couldn't see any option to do that, sorry. – ChrisF Nov 21 '09 at 20:41
Best answer, but where did this feature go in word 2013??? Sigh. – Stefan Jan 20 '15 at 3:09
Its still there, in the text 'box', not sure why I missed it. – Stefan Jan 20 '15 at 3:14

From the slide sorter view in PowerPoint, select the slide you want and copy it to the clipboard. Then go to Word and paste it in the desired location.

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Use Paste Special and paste as "Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Object". – harrymc Nov 21 '09 at 19:52
This will paste the object rather than a link. The OP wants the Word doc to get updated when the Power Point updates. – ChrisF Nov 21 '09 at 20:40

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