How would I copy all of the text from a powerpoint presentation and paste it into a word document?

  • If I remember correct pptx files are sort of archives. Maybe you can unpack it and there is a text file containing all the text. Not sure though. Commented Jan 11, 2013 at 14:40
  • It's a zip full of XML files
    – JRaymond
    Commented Jan 11, 2013 at 15:15
  • I can imagine a way in which only the body text is extracted from the XML's but it involves some coding and I would have no clue how to do that in Automator. Commented Jan 11, 2013 at 15:19

1 Answer 1


Simple. Try the following workflow:

  1. Ask for Finder Items
  2. Convert Format of Powerpoint Presentations New Format: Outline (Rich Text Format)
  3. Move Finder Items To: Desktop (or as you wish)

This should work.

I tested it. Then right click on the RTF and open with MS Word.

Here it is for you to download Powerpoint to RTF workflow.

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