How to Import a File in Microsoft PowerPoint

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In Brief...

You can import a file into PowerPoint, including text files.

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


  1. From the File menu, select Open.
    Select Open

  2. Select where the file is located, and in the Open dialog box, select the file and click Open. Select the drop-down arrow, if necessary, to show all file formats.
    Select File Location

  3. The file is displayed in PowerPoint.

Author: Dave Dunn

Dave Dunn joined Webucator as Chief Operating Officer in early 2009. He has served as a CFO and COO for numerous small and medium-sized companies, including Summit Software Company, Insight Research Group, Avalon Consulting, and HealthcareOne. He has expertise in business development, financial management, marketing and human resources and particularly enjoys working with rapidly growing companies.

Dave received his Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College and his MBA from Syracuse University. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Montessori School of Syracuse since 2001.