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    Default Extract text from PowerPoint ppt file

    Hi,

    I have a PowerPoint file (ppt) and would like to extract the text as either, txt, doc, or rtf.

    It will not save in these formats.

    Is there a free utility, or another method?

    Thanks

    Ps. Copying and pasting individual slides will take a long, due to the number of them.

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    Perhaps OneNote would help:
    OneNote: Extract text from image

    Although this refers to OneNote 2013, it may be possible to apply the method to an earlier version of Office.

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    Yes, you can extract text from images also with OneNote 2010.
    I tested extracting from a powerpoint-file yesterday after reading the post first above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
    Yes, you can extract text from images also with OneNote 2010.
    I tested extracting from a powerpoint-file yesterday after reading the post first above.
    Thank you.

    I do not have One Note

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    Quote Originally Posted by anon_priv View Post
    Thank you.

    I do not have One Note
    You are welcome.
    Really ?
    You have Powerpoint but not OneNote ?
    Which Officeversion do you have ?

    Btw. if you wonder about: "I tested extracting from a powerpoint-file yesterday after reading the post first above.",
    i was very busy yesterday so i didnīt have time to post about it, so i planned to answer you today....

    Text can be extracted with OneNote, although itīs not very practical if itīs a lot of text.

    Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in OneNote usually works surprisingly well, but sometimes you have to manually edit the extracted text.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
    You are welcome.
    Really ?
    You have Powerpoint but not OneNote ?
    Which Officeversion do you have ?

    Btw. if you wonder about: "I tested extracting from a powerpoint-file yesterday after reading the post first above.",
    i was very busy yesterday so i didnīt have time to post about it, so i planned to answer you today....

    Text can be extracted with OneNote, although itīs not very practical if itīs a lot of text.

    Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in OneNote usually works surprisingly well, but sometimes you have to manually edit the extracted text.


    I said in my first post that I have a ppt file, but I made it in Kingsoft Presentation Software. I do not have PowerPoint installed.

    OCR looks like a good idea. Most of the online utilities that I have tried have either failed to upload, or only decoded a fraction of the ppt file.

    I may need to look for a free utility to download.

    I can copy the text in ppt slides and copy them to MS Word, but its rather labororous with many slides.

    Best wishes.

    A

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    Quote Originally Posted by anon_priv View Post
    I said in my first post that I have a ppt file, but I made it in Kingsoft Presentation Software. I do not have PowerPoint installed.

    OCR looks like a good idea. Most of the online utilities that I have tried have either failed to upload, or only decoded a fraction of the ppt file.

    I may need to look for a free utility to download.

    I can copy the text in ppt slides and copy them to MS Word, but its rather labororous with many slides.

    Best wishes.

    A
    OK, that explains it.
    You confused me because OneNote is included even in the "basic" Home and Student-version.
    As i said above: OCR in OneNote really works, i know, i use it almost daily.
    And, iīve seen many comments on the web about how good it is, compared to other programs.

    I suggest you download Office 2010.
    I know that 2013/365 is the latest, but since i have NOT used them i donīt know how OCR in OneNote works,
    but it should be the same.
    Office 2013 looks horrible, but thatīs another story...

    The Office 2010 FREE trial works for 60 days, then you can "rearm" Office 5 times which gives you another 150 days (5x30 days)=210 days for FREE.
    That should give you enough time to extract the text you want...

    I can give you a directlink to download it.
    Which language do you prefer for Office 2010, English ?
    Last edited by hackerman1; 10th November 2013 at 17:58.

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    Thank you.

    I think I'll pass on Office (overkill).

    It might be best for me to download a converter ppt to txt, or something similar.

    Best wishes.

    A

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    OK.
    No, i donīt see any adverts.
    Iīm using Firefox....

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