How to Extract Files or Objects From a PowerPoint File

2 min readJan 9, 2019

Are you a user of PowerPoint 2010 or newer? If so, you have probably noticed that the file extension of your PowerPoint presentations is PPTX, correct? Imagine that you have a slide deck, but you want to extract the photos or some other type of content that’s in it?

How do you do that? Is it possible at all?

Turns out, it is and here are the steps that you can take to extract any content from any PowerPoint presentation:

1. Find the PowerPoint presentation that you are interested in.

2. Create a copy of it. Just copy -> paste the file in the same or different folder (you need that additional copy just to be on the safe side!)

3. Now take a look at the name of the file. Do you see the “.ppxt” extension? If not, go through those steps (on a Mac you see the extensions by default)

4. Once you have the copy of the file and see the file extension, go ahead and rename this file. How? Just remove the .pptx and put .zip

(yes, make the PowerPoint file an archive!)

5. Once you do that, right click on the file and extract it to a folder on your machine.

6. Open that folder and go to the “ppt” folder. What you are looking for is there. If it’s photos — they are in the “media” folder. If these are some embedded objects and files, they are in the “embeddings” folder.

There you have it! Now you know how to extract the content of a PowerPoint presentation!

Enjoy and share with your friends!

Originally published at on January 9, 2019.


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