You may create the best presentation in the world, but what happens after the presentation has been delivered? Don’t you want to provide
the information you presented in a document that you can distribute to attendees, or even send them a recap via email? Handouts are meant
for such occasions, and PowerPoint lets you create some amazing handouts from your slides, that can also contain extra notes that were not
visible on the slides. In this tutorial, we will explore an amazing option that creates handouts for PowerPoint presentations in
Follow these steps in PowerPoint 2010 to create handouts in Word:
Make sure your individual slides have notes within the
Notes Pane. Save your presentation. Then, access the
File menu to bring up Backstage view.
Select the Save & Send tab to bring up the options you see in Figure 1, below. Click the
Create Handouts option, highlighted in red within Figure 1. You will now
see the Create Handouts button, highlighted in blue within Figure 1.
Click this button.
Figure 1: Create Handouts button
This will bring up the Send to Microsoft Word dialog box that you can see in Figure 2, below.
Figure 2: Send to Microsoft Word dialog box
We will now explore all these options available within this dialog box, as marked in Figure 2:
A: Notes next to slides: Places your slide notes next to a slide thumbnail, as shown in Figure 3,
below. Depending upon, the length of your notes, 1 to 3 slides are placed on each Handout page.
Figure 3: Notes next to slides
B: Blank lines next to slides: Places some blank lines next to a slide thumbnail, as shown in Figure 4,
below. The blank lines will allow recipients and attendees to jot down some of their own notes, as needed. Three slide thumbnails with
blank lines are placed on each Handout page.
Figure 4: Blank lines next to slides
C: Notes below slides: Places a single large slide thumbnail and related slide notes beneath the thumbnail, as shown in
Figure 5, below. One slide is shown in each Handout page.
Figure 5: Notes below slides
D: Blank lines below slides: Places a single large slide thumbnail and blank lines beneath the thumbnail, as shown in
Figure 6, below. One slide is shown in each Handout page.
Figure 6: Blank lines below slides
E: Outlines only: Places the outline of the slides—do note that outlines only include textual content from the Title and
Content placeholders. Also, the fonts used in the slides are used in Microsoft Word too. You may want to change fonts in Word, especially
if you have a fancy-looking font, as shown in Figure 7, below.
Figure 7: Outlines only
F: Add slides to Microsoft Word document: You see two radio buttons within this section, and only one of these can be
Paste: Creates the outlines in Microsoft Word as a one-time exercise. Changes in your PowerPoint slides are not reflected
in the Handout Word document.
Paste link: Creates the outlines in Microsoft Word as a linked document. Changes in your PowerPoint slides are reflected
in the Handout Word document.
Once the Handout document loads in Word, you must save it—ideally within the same folder as the PowerPoint presentation, as explained in
our Guidelines: Using Excel and
PowerPoint Together tutorial. Although the linked article pertains to using PowerPoint and Excel together, the same concepts also work
when you use PowerPoint and Word together.
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