I am having a .pdf of 1002 slides pages. These pages are snapshots taken at different time steps. I am willing to include this .pdf in a powerpoint presentation so that I can easily move from one snapshot to another with some keys. Because the rest of my presentation contains animations, I cannot simply make a .pdf out of my .ppt and add the 1002 pages in it. I would rather need to add the 1002 pages in my .ppt in a convenient way.

I am asking for advice for doing so. Two things are to be maximized:

  • Easiness (and speed) of transitions
  • Control over the flow during the presentation


I could do a .gif but the issue with the GIF is that I don't have any control over the flow at which the snapshots are displayed.

Tons of .ppt slides

I could make one .ppt slide per .pdf slide but then, my computer doesn't seem powerful enough to offer nice transitions.


I could make a movie (although I don't know how to do that for the moment) out of my .pdf and I could probably (I don't really know how) include the movie in a .ppt slide and have control over the flow by pausing the video. The slight disadvantage to this method is that I can't easily go backward in time if needed during a presentation.


If it is possible to include HTML code in .ppt, I could eventually use the R-package shiny in order to pass the pdf images. That sounds like a weird solution though.

What seems perfect to me

I would love to just include the .pdf in a window within a single .ppt slide and be able to transit between the pages with a "next page" (n for example) and a "previous page" (p for example) keys.


  • I am on MAC OSX Yosemite 10.10.2

  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint for Mac 2011, Version 14.4.8.


Here is one page of the .pdf. Note: Slight improvement will still be made but text size should not change!

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  • Please post one snapshot of your PDF. I want to know if the text in PDF is large enough to be read at full screen resolution. If yes, in PDF you can press CTRL+L to make it full screen and navigate by using arrow keys - makes you feel like navigating thru a PPT – Prasanna Mar 23 '15 at 19:00
  • See edit. Thank you! Your solution sounds really cool. How should I import my pdf and can I just switch from regular mode to CTRL+L mode (where arrow keys will change the .pdf pages and not the .ppt slides). – Remi.b Mar 23 '15 at 19:04
  • Assuming you are using Adobe reader as your PDF viewer, you can use the CTRL+L keyboard shortcut to go to full screen mode. Then all the pages will exactly fit your screen. Once it fits your screen use PageUp or PageDown to navigate - I'm not a MAC user so it do not know how your system looks like – Prasanna Mar 23 '15 at 19:06
  • Oh I got it wrong at first place. I am aiming to have such functionality directly on my .ppt one of the reason is that I have to send my .ppt for my presentation and won't be able to switch from my .ppt presentation to the .pdf. I could make the whol presentation in .pdf but I have animations. So I suppose that the best solution would be to stick to .ppt. Does it make sense? – Remi.b Mar 23 '15 at 19:12
  • I'm running Office 2013 Power point - i tried to insert the PDF as object inside the PPT - and to my surprise, i'm not able to - I wonder why. Excel and Word allow embedding the PDF's as objects. What PPT software are you using? – Prasanna Mar 23 '15 at 19:20

Would you be able to access the Internet while presenting? If so, you might want to take a look at flippingbook.com and see if their product might work for you. You would create a flipbook (electronic book, essentially) with a contents bar to allow easy navigation, then embed it in the PPT.

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