Tips & Tricks PowerPoint media extraction

macOS & PC

Tips & Tricks

PowerPoint Media extraction

Extract images and videos from a PowerPoint or Keynote file at their original sizes.

This tip is for Apple computers but there is a link for those using a PC (see the dotted box).

Follow the steps and/or view the video below.


  1. Make a copy of the PowerPoint file. Select the file and then go to the Finder menu: File > Duplicate.
  2. Show the file’s info. Do this by selecting the file and then go to the Finder menu: File > Get Info.
    • Change the file extension of the copied file to .zip.
    • In the file’s info window go to the section called ‘Name & Extension:’. Change the file’s extension from .pptx (or .key if it is an Apple Keynote presentation) to .zip.
    • Accept the warning about changing file extensions.
    • In the Finder open the .zip file with an unarchiving program.
    • The Archive Utility that came with my Mac no longer seems to work for this so I downloaded the free The Unarchiver (opens in a new window). Select your new .zip file in the Finder and then go to the Finder menu: File > Open With > The Unarchiver.

That’s it! The zip should open as a folder. The image and video files will be in a folder called ‘media’ within a folder called ‘ppt’.

Don’t worry if you forgot to make a copy of your presentation at the outset. Simply change the extension back to .pptx and your presentation will be as before provided you copied (not moved) the files you wanted to extract.


This also works for Apple Keynote files.

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