Easily Send Speaker Notes from PowerPoint to Word

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated May 28, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)

You can easily send or export speaker notes from a PowerPoint presentation to a Word document and then print the notes in Word. One of the best options in this process is to send the notes to Word with the notes next to the slides.

After you’ve exported to Word, a table will be created with 3 columns – slide number, slide images and notes on the right. You can delete the images of the slides if you’d only like to keep the speaker notes by deleting the column with the slide images in the table.

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Export PowerPoint speaker notes to Word 2013 and later versions

To export speaker notes to Word in 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365:

  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation with the speaker notes you’d like to export to Word.
  2. Click the File tab in the Ribbon and select Export. A new menu appears.
  3. Select Create Handouts from the menu.
  4. Click the Create Handouts button. A dialog box appears.
  5. Select Notes next to slides (recommended) or another option.
  6. Select Paste or Paste link (if you want the Word file to update when the PowerPoint presentation is changed).
  7. Click OK. A Word document will open with the selected options. If you’ve chosen Notes next to slides, a table is created with the slide number, images of the slides and notes on the right.

Dialog box when exporting notes from PowerPoint to Word.

Export PowerPoint speaker notes to Word 2010

To export speaker notes to Word in 2010:

  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation with the speaker notes you would like to export to Word.
  2. Click the File tab in the Ribbon and select Save and Send. A new menu appears.
  3. Click the Create Handouts menu item.
  4. Click the Create Handouts button. A dialog box appears.
  5. Select Notes next to slides (recommended) or another option.
  6. Select Paste or Paste link (if you wish the Word file to update when the PowerPoint presentation is changed).
  7. Click OK. A Word document will open with the selected options. If you’ve chosen Notes next to slides, a table is created with the slide number, images of the slides and notes on the right.

Dialog box in PowerPoint when exporting notes to Word and choosing format.

Editing the Word document

In all versions, the dialog box to Send to Microsoft Word is the same.

Below is a sample of slides and notes next to slides in Microsoft Word:

Microsoft Word file with slide images and speaker notes sent from PowerPoint.

If you want to keep only the speaker notes, select the column with the slide images, right-click and choose Delete Columns.

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