Export to Powerpoint from Storyline

Hi guys,

I have a Storyline project that I would like to be able to edit in Powerpoint - is there a way that is possible?  I know going Powerpoint to Storyline is fine, but what about the other way?

I have tried copying and pasting slides, tried copying all elements on a slide and pasting... but no luck!

Really need help PLEASE!

159 Replies
Karen Davis

Hey, all.

I'm really sorry that my reply came across as disrespectful.  I'm super passionate about treating support staff with kindness, and I have a bad habit of going on the offensive when I perceive that this ethic has been violated.  I sometimes learn more from the way my dinner date treats our server than from the way he engages with me.  😀

I do think Articulate understands the importance of listening to their customers, as evidenced by the list of features and fixes they've added since Storyline 360 was released.  I just happen to disagree with the notion that this particular feature request passes the ROI sniff test.  I can't imagine the amount of effort that it would take Articulate to digest PowerPoint's 649-page proprietary file format and develop an algorithm that converts a .story project file to that format and dumps everything of value (triggers, layers, variables, and so on) that Storyline adds to the equation.  It feels like a feature that looks backward instead of forward, and I'd rather see their product team spending time on things like improved learner Accessibility.

Who knows, though?  I heard a rumor that Articulate might add a slide numbering feature soon, and that's something they've opposed for years.  Maybe export to PowerPoint will come.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, and may the best team win!

Ross Dewstow

I am a little over this and don't know why anyone would want to export back to Powerpoint.

The way I do it, and users are happy to do this is to export the Storyline project as a Word Document and get the users to comment in the Work Document as they are progressing through the Course.  

This means that they are seeing exactly what I have created and can easily add information into Word for me to update and change.

Also means that I copy and paste stuff to make it quicker.

I only use PowerPoint to import their initial screens and then work on making it more interactive and interesting for them to view.

Over and out.  :)


Victor Madison

Scott, I am not sure I understand how to execute your tip.  When I publish to Word, I get a .doc file.  I then open that file with MS Word and save it as a .docx by using the Compatibility mode conversion button.  Where is the zip file you are talking about unzipping?  Looks like I am missing a step in your tip.

Walt Hamilton


You have to manually change the docx to zip. open file explorer, and set the extensions to visible. i think in 8, you need to right click the folder and choose properties. In 10, select the folder and the file ribbon has an check box for File name extensions.

I think it will work with a doc file, too, but the structure of a doc may be slightly different.

Since the beginning, Word (and Storyline) documents have always been zipped documents with a proprietary  extension.

Victor Madison

I finally understand how to do this.  The directions are not explicit enough for me to perform the transformation.  So here is my step-by-step process:

  1. Publish the articulate file to MS Word.  This produces a .doc file (example demo.doc).
  2. Convert the .doc file to the newer version .docx.  For example, use MS word to open the demo.doc file then save it as the new version demo.docx.
  3. Open file explorer and find the .docx file (demo.docx).
  4. Change the extension on the file name from .doc to .zip.  For example, rename the demo.docx to demo.zip.
  5. Now, unzip the demo.zip file and open the folder titled "word".  Inside the "word" folder is a folder titled "media".  The media folder contains image files (.jpeg) of each slide that was in the original articulate.story file.
  6. The image files (.jpeg) can then be put into individual PowerPoint slides.

Now you have a PowerPoint file that contains "images" of each slide in the Storyline document.  Be aware that these are image files and will not be "edititable" in PowerPoint.

Note: I am sorry to be so anal about the specifics of the process, but I write operating procedures for Industrial Plants that have to be specific with no ambiguity.

Lisa Brown

Just to jump in here with the support to be able to export as a PPT... While I know how to use Storyline and present with it, I work with PhDs who are not savvy with the tech and really need something which can be hosted on their own computers which I can email.  I know I can send all of the files for download, but even that is pretty complicated for them. 

Melanie Sobie

Just thought I’d share this tip I learned yesterday. When developing an elearning course that will be paired with a classroom training, for example when developing blended learning, and if you have a 360 subscription, develop your course in Studio 360. That way you can share your PowerPoint slides with the classroom trainer and have a consistent theme.