You can import a PowerPoint presentation to AhaSlides in PDF, PPT or PPTX format. Doing this means you can put interactive slides from AhaSlides in between the slides of your PowerPoint.
Importing your existing PowerPoint presentation to AhaSlides and adding interactive slides to it creates something that looks like this 👇
By importing your PowerPoint to AhaSlides, you can insert any of AhaSlides interactive slides into your PowerPoint presentation. This means that you can present your information as you normally would, then have interactive questions at points throughout your presentation.
Step 1: Exporting your Presentation from PowerPoint
Before you import your PowerPoint presentation to AhaSlides, you will have to export it from PowerPoint first.
To do this, simply open your presentation in PowerPoint, click 'File', then 'Export'. Choose 'Create PDF/XPS Document' and then the button 'Create PDF/XPS'.
Step 2: Import to AhaSlides
When you have the PDF file of your PowerPoint presentation, you can upload it to AhaSlides. There are two ways you can do this.
Method #1 - Import on the AhaSlides Dashboard
On the My Presentations dashboard, you can click the button labelled 'Import'. Once you've done this, a pop-up window will ask you to browse your computer for your PDF PowerPoint file. Bear in mind that you can also import PPT or PPTX files, too.
You can upload any PowerPoint presentation with a maximum of 50MB or 100 slides. Please note that larger PowerPoints may take a while to fully import, but you can click the button labelled 'Close this window' for the PowerPoint to upload in the background.
Once it's uploaded, it will be created as a new presentation and you will be taken to the presentation editor.
Method #2 - Import on the presentation editor
On the AhaSlides presentation editor, you can import your PowerPoint into your existing presentation. Simply go to the AhaSlides presentation in which you want to add your PowerPoint, then click the button labelled 'Import'.
You can import any PowerPoint presentation with a maximum of 50MB or 100 slides. Please note that larger PowerPoints may take a while to fully import, but you can click the button labelled 'Close this window' for the PowerPoint to upload in the background.
Your PowerPoint slides will be added to the end of your presentation.
What Happens to an Imported PowerPoint?
Once imported to your AhaSlides presentation, each slide of your PowerPoint will be displayed as a separate 'Document' slide. These slides are static images of each of your PowerPoint slides, meaning that animations, embedded audio and links will not be imported to AhaSlides.
The name of each of your PowerPoint slides in AhaSlides will simply be the slide number followed by the name of the PDF file you uploaded. You can change the name of these in the 'Content' tab of each slide, though this will just be for your own navigation purposes, as your audience will not be able to see the slide names.
Making a PowerPoint Interactive
While you can't make the PowerPoint slides interactive themselves (except for the default emoji reactions), you can place AhaSlides slides in between the slides of your PowerPoint to encourage interaction from your audience.
You can do this by simply navigating to a slide and clicking 'New Slide' to insert a slide of your choice.