#373 How to Set Your PowerPoint Graphics Free

Did you know that there is a fast and easy way to save all the graphics you used in your PowerPoint presentation? The cool thing about this is that it works no matter how you inserted your images. Maybe you inserted some of Microsoft’s clip art or photos. Maybe you copied and pasted things from the web. No matter how they got there PowerPoint stores them all together in a media folder, which you can easily access if you know this handy trick. 

Next time you want to use photos, clipart, videos, etc from a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, you can extract them by converting the presentation to a “zipped” file folder.

  1. Click the presentation that you want, then right-click it and then click Rename. (It’s probably a good idea to make a copy first.) 
  2. Change the file extension (.pptx) to .zip. Press ENTER to set the name, then click Yes in the Rename dialog box.
  3. Double-click the zipped file to open an Explorer window for the content files.
  4. Extract the files from this .zip file and then navigate to the media folder. Now you have a saved copy of all the media contained in your PowerPoint file that you can use anywhere and anyway you want. 

Here’s a quick screencast that shows you how you can use this trick to manage your presentation images.  This tutorial uses the 7-Zip application but any unzip tool will work including the one built-in to Windows, WinZip and others. 




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