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This page deals with the option to import a Powerpoint 2003 file into Moodle's [[Lesson]] module. If you simply wish to display a Powerpoint in your course, then see [[File]]
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==Importing a Powerpoint presentation==
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If your Moodle 2.2 installation dates from before October 18th 2012, you will have an option "Import Powerpoint" in your [[Lesson]] settings.
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It has been removed since, as it does not work. See tracker MDL-21801
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'''NOTE:''' If you simply wish to display a Powerpoint in your course, then see [[File]].
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The following page explains  alternatives for Moodlers who still have the "Import Powerpoint" option.
  
==Importing a Powerpoint presentation - Why and Why not==
 
If you have a Powerpoint 2003 presentation already made, you can -  with many limitations- import it into your Moodle Lesson to save recreating each slide from scratch. However; the method outlined below is not really recommended. It will not bring
 
complex elements such as background images, multiple text boxes and multiple images on a page. It is not a particularly successful way of creating lessons, and '''does not work with later versions of Powerpoint'''.  There is a tracker entry  MDL-21801 requesting that Import Powerpoint be removed from the Lesson module
 
because it does not work properly.
 
 
=== Powerpoint 2003 Instructions===
 
=== Powerpoint 2003 Instructions===
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It is possible to import a Powerpoint 2003 presentation, but it will not retain any animations or transitions.
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#Create your MS Powerpoint 2003 presentation.
 
#Create your MS Powerpoint 2003 presentation.
 
#*In the "File" menu click on  "Save as Webpage"
 
#*In the "File" menu click on  "Save as Webpage"

Latest revision as of 19:30, 18 October 2012


Importing a Powerpoint presentation

If your Moodle 2.2 installation dates from before October 18th 2012, you will have an option "Import Powerpoint" in your Lesson settings.

It has been removed since, as it does not work. See tracker MDL-21801

NOTE: If you simply wish to display a Powerpoint in your course, then see File.

The following page explains alternatives for Moodlers who still have the "Import Powerpoint" option.

Powerpoint 2003 Instructions

It is possible to import a Powerpoint 2003 presentation, but it will not retain any animations or transitions.

  1. Create your MS Powerpoint 2003 presentation.
    • In the "File" menu click on "Save as Webpage"
    • Change or note "Save In" setting location and name
      • The Save "file type" should be "Web Page"
    • Click on "Save"
      • This will create a file and a folder. The HTML file has links to files in the new folder of the same name as the HTML file.
  2. Using Windows Explorer or your favorite program
    • Zip the new folder that contains the webpage files ***NB - DO NOT INCLUDE THE HTML FILE OR THE IMPORT WILL FAIL***
      • This is the file you will import into a new lesson.


Moodle instructions

After you have created the zip file above

  • Add a new Lesson activity to a course; set the settings; save settings
    • This will bring you to a screen with several choices
  • Select "Import PowerPoint"
  • Use the browse button to select the zipped file that contains the webpage folder
  • Select "Continue"
  • Start editing the Content pages

Basic tips

  1. Keep it simple: text only is best
    • No page numbers (see masterslide)
    • No text boxes with graphic or filled backgrounds
    • Masterslide content will not import, but delete all the footers
    • Watermarks and text over graphics is probably not a good idea
    • It will import some bullet formats but not all
    • It probably does not like "special characters" (any non-english letters)
  2. Graphic images can be imported as a part of the presentation but
    • Graphic images will have to be moved in the Lesson page
    • More than one graphic image might not always import to a Lesson page

An alternative method of importing presentation pages

It is possible to save presentation slides as images by selecting an image file type such as .png from the save as... drop down menu in either Powerpoint or Open/Libre Office. These images can then be embedded into individual content pages of a lesson. As with the previous Powerpoint 2003 option however; this is only suitable for plain text and images. Animations/transitions will not work and care also must be taken regarding the dimensions and loading time of the images in each content page.

See also

  • MDL-17413 to vote for an improvement to insert (by importing) a series of pictures or a series of text pages into a series of lesson branch pages at any point in the lesson. (Like a series of questions).
  • Inserting content into a lesson activity - some alternatives suggested in Lesson forum