How to Export Notes and Handouts to Word from Microsoft PowerPoint

In Brief...

You can export notes or handouts in your PowerPoint presentation to Word documents for your own use or for distribution to your audience. Just follow these steps.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft PowerPoint: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. Select the File tab and click Export (Save & Send in PowerPoint 2010).

  2. In the Export section (Save & Send section in PowerPoint 2010), click Create Handouts.
    Click Create Handouts

  3. In the Create Handouts in Microsoft Word pane, click the Create Handouts button.
    Create Handouts Button

  4. In the Send To Microsoft Word dialog box, select a page layout.
    Send To Microsoft Word Dialog Box

  5. In the Add slides to Microsoft Word document section, accept the default selection of Paste. The Paste link option automatically updates the Word document with any changes to the PowerPoint slides.
    Paste Option

  6. Click OK. A Word document of your handout opens.
    Opened Word Document

To create notes and handouts in PowerPoint 2007, click the Microsoft Office button, and then select Create Handouts in Microsoft Office Word to access the Send to Microsoft Word dialog box.
Create Handouts in Microsoft Office Word

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