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Embedding PowerPoint from OneDrive on your Blog or Web Site

Learn how you can upload your PowerPoint presentations to Microsoft OneDrive.


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It used to be that when you needed to embed a PowerPoint presentation on your site, you had to upload the PowerPoint file to a site like SlideShare, authorSTREAM, or SlideBoom and then use their embed code to show up a Flash file in your blog or web site. Then came along iPhone and iPad from Apple that did not like Flash too much, and several online media sites such as authorSTREAM and YouTube created iPad friendly output that did not use Flash. However, Microsoft has added new abilities to its SkyDrive hosted PowerPoint Web Application that makes these problems a thing of the past. You can now create embeds of the original PowerPoint files with no conversions required to Flash or any other format. Change your source PowerPoint file and the embeds update instantly too!

So how does this work? Good question, and follow these steps to learn more:

  1. First of all, create a new PowerPoint file using PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 (for Windows) or 2008 or 2011 (for Mac). This step is optional because you can also create a presentation file online on OneDrive, but it makes things easier to have a file ready. Make sure you save it to the PPTX file format, as shown in Figure 1, below, and not the older PPT format.
  2. Make sure you save to the PPTX file format
    Figure 1: Make sure you save to the PPTX file format
  3. Now login to OneDrive, if you have a Live ID or a Hotmail account, you can use that to sign in. Alternatively, you can register, which is a simple affair. Figure 2, below, shows us signed into a OneDrive account.
  4. Signed into my SkyDrive account
    Figure 2: Signed into a OneDrive account
  5. To share your presentations as embeds, you need a folder that is designated Public. It's a good idea to create a new folder for all the presentations you want to share. To do so, click the New button to bring up a menu. Click the Folder option, as shown in Figure 3, below.
  6. Create a new folder on SkyDrive
    Figure 3: Create a new folder on SkyDrive
  7. Give a name to the new folder (we named our folder Shared PowerPoints), and click the Change link, as shown in Figure 4, below.
  8. Name your folder something descriptive enough
    Figure 4: Name your folder something descriptive enough
  9. You'll see a Share with slider. Drag the slider all the way up to Everyone (public), as shown in Figure 5, below. Then, just click Next.
  10. Share with everyone if you want to embed!
    Figure 5: Share with everyone if you want to embed!
  11. You'll see the interface, as shown in Figure 6, below. Click the Add files link to bring up the screen, as shown in Figure 7, below.
  12. An empty space to upload your PowerPoints
    Figure 6: An empty space to upload your PowerPoints

  13. Ready to upload your files?
    Figure 7: Ready to upload your files?
  14. Click the Select documents from your computer link. Doing so brings up the Open dialog box, as shown in Figure 8, below. Navigate to where you have saved your PPTX file, select it, and click Open to get back to OneDrive.
  15. Choose a file to upload
    Figure 8: Choose a file to upload
  16. OneDrive. will now upload your PPTX file. When done, you'll see the interface, as shown in Figure 9, below. Click the button called Continue.
  17. File uploaded
    Figure 9: File uploaded
  18. This action gets you to the view which shows all files uploaded to this particular folder. Hover over the file just uploaded to see options that you can see in Figure 10, below. Choose the More | Share | Embed option.
  19. Opt to embed your file
    Figure 10: Opt to embed your file
  20. You'll find the embed code for your presentation, as shown in Figure 11, below. Copy and paste it into your blog post or website! Towards the right, you'll also see an embedded version of your presentation so that you can test it.
  21. Get your embed code and test the file too
    Figure 11: Get your embed code and test the file too

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