How to save a shape in Illustrator so it can be editable in PowerPoint 2016 (MAC OS). I should be able to recolour and it has to scalable on re-sizing.

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    On a Windows machine you can just copypaste and then ungroup and it will become native. – joojaa May 20 '16 at 5:16
  • Can you help me out on MAC..?? – Bhaarath Vijay May 20 '16 at 5:46
  • Well, for starters, have you tried @joojaa's suggestion on your Mac? – Steve Rindsberg Jul 26 '16 at 15:55
  • Save your shape from Illustrator as .EMF file.

  • Go to PowerPoint -> Insert a picture -> select your .emf file and click open.

  • At this point it will act as a picture. You will have to right click the shape -> Group -> Ungroup.
  • A prompt will appear asking you if you want to convert it. Click yes and after Ungroup it one more time.
  • You will see that the shape has a transparent shape/background. Delete that and group the elements again (if there are more than one).


  • Just a tip, using <kbd></kbd> tags makes posts like these a lot clearer :) – beggarboy Jul 26 '16 at 8:05

Try to export your Illustrator file as EMF or WMF (File > Export). They should be compatible with Windows Office software.


You can copy/paste from Illustrator into MS Word, then copy/paste from MS Word into PowerPoint. Then you can right-click and "edit picture" to break it apart, recolor, etc. It will be fully scalable. Unfortunately, Powerpoint doesn't support copy/paste directly from Illustrator. (At least 2010 version doesn't.)

Edit: As joojaa has pointed out, you CAN paste directly from Illustartor into Powerpoint, but you have to right-click and paste as a picture. Thanks for the tip, joojaa!

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    It does not? Weird at least it works on my pc, you just have to specify your pasting a picture. – joojaa Oct 11 '17 at 19:00
  • Copy/paste worked for me – Michael Martin Sep 24 '20 at 20:47

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