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How to Convert Keynote to PowerPoint on macOS 10.15

2020-07-18 15:52:52 • Filed to: PDFelement for Mac How-Tos • Proven solutions

When you talk about presentation tools on Mac, some prefer PowerPoint, while others prefer Keynote. Truth be told, there is no right answer which one is better. That is why it is crucial that you find a way to convert your Keynote to PowerPoint files, or vice versa. Once you make that possible, you can easily work on your presentation, no matter the colleagues or business you collaborate with.

Method 1: Steps to Convert Keynote to PowerPoint

One of the simplest and easiest ways to convert Keynote to PowerPoint is to use PDFelement, a comprehensive tool with a wide array of features, including converting, editing, creating PDF, and more. Here is how to utilize the application and export Keynote to PowerPoint.

Step 1. Drag and Drop Keynote

The first step is to drag and drop Keynote file into PDFelement. You can also open the file by using the "File" dropdown menu. Click on "Create" > "PDF from File". Locate the Keynote file, and then open it.

keynote to powerpoint

Step 2. Convert Keynote to PowerPoint

Now that you have the file opened, you need just one more action and will convert Keynote to PPT for macOS 10.15. Again, click on the "File" dropdown menu, and then go to "Export > PowerPoint". Click "Save" in the pop-up window and the application will convert your file into PowerPoint, without the loss of any formatting, fonts, or anything else. Basically, you get the same presentation, now in PPT/PPTX format.

keynote to ppt

Method 2: How to Convert Keynote to PDF Online

There are many online converters you can find now. A simple Google search will give you hundreds of results. No matter which online tool you choose, the process is rather the same and simple. Here is how it goes:

  • 1. Open any PDF online converting tool in your browser.
  • 2. There will be a "Browse" button, click it, and find the file you want to convert.
  • 3. Below the "Browse" button, usually there is an option to choose the format you want to convert to. Select PPT or PPTX, and click convert.
  • 4. Wait for a few moments, and the conversion will be done.

The downside with this method is that you cannot expect to get the same version of your presentation. No online tool has all of the graphics, fonts, and other features that make Keynote special and transfer them to PowerPoint. Basically, the online converter will do a PPT version of your file, but the document will look messy, and you will have to edit in PowerPoint so that the presentation looks the same.


Methods 3: How to Convert Keynote to PowerPoint with Keynote App

One good thing about the Keynote application is that it allows you to export the file into different formats. Apple has recognized the need, and has given users the option to export the files to another compatible/suitable format. That includes PPT as well. Here is how to do it.

  • 1. Open your Keynote application on your Mac with macOS 10.15 installed.
  • 2. Go to "File" > "Export To" > "PowerPoint".

Your default application will convert the file into PPT suitable file. However, there is one downside to this method, and that is the loss of formatting. Why? Because you might be using Keynote local fonts, and those do not convert using this method. Your Keynote app will use only system fonts when converting to PPT, and any other font will be converted into system font.


Compare the 3 Methods for Converting Keynote to PowerPoint

PDFelement
Online converter tool
Keynote
Features Wide array for editing, converting and annotating tools No extra features, just basic convert No extra features, just export
Stability Works without internet connection Requires internet connection to convert Works without internet connection
Document security Can protect document with password and encryption No additional document protection Possible Apple protection
Results No loss of formatting, fonts Requires extra editing after conversion Loss of fonts, all converted into system fonts

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