Preserve PDF hyperlinks in PowerPoint on MAC computer

When creating my digital planner I did all the layout and design work in Canva and then had Canva transfer the file to Powerpoint. From there I added the many hyperlinks in PowerPoint to make the planner easy and smooth to navigate. But I ran into a problem with my PDF losing the hyperlinks when I saved the file. I should also mention that I’m working on a MAC.

The solution is this…

When you’re finished editing your file, Save it as a PowerPoint file. Then log into your account online and click go to your account. In the upper left corner there is a box of dots, click on that and open PowerPoint.

Open the file you just saved.

Then from here, you can do a Save As and select Download as PDF. Your hyperlinks will be preserved.

The issue…

MACs have their own PDF creation mechanism so when saving as a PDF in PowerPoint the MAcs converter overrides PowerPoint’s native PDF creation tool, and in that process, you lose the hyperlinks. By saving through the online PowerPoint it overrides the MAC creation tool and allows PowerPoint to preserve the hyperlinks.

It’s a pain that we have to take the extra step but thankfully it’s there for those of us who still prefer Powerpoint over Keynote.

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