Options to include Visio Diagrams in your PowerPoint presentations
Visio and PowerPoint are compatible in many ways. However, to include Visio diagrams in your PowerPoint presentations, you must first choose an option to combine them. The options presented here are based on how you plan to further use the PowerPoint or Visio file.
If you wish to keep the Visio master file separate and reflect the changes in PowerPoint:
You can insert the file as an object that is linked to the main Visio file. This allows changes to Visio to be done either through PowerPoint or Visio.
Take care however, to keep the file at the same location and with the same name! If you are preparing for a presentation, you must also place the Visio file at the same directory location.
If you wish to keep the original Visio file intact:
Repeat the above method to embed the Visio diagram but do not choose the ‘Link’ option. This option could increase the file size of the Presentation, because the Visio file is now part of it.
If you just wish to use the Visio file once:
Just a copy-paste will do. Copy the content from Visio, and ‘Paste special’ onto the PowerPoint slide. Select the EMF or WMF formats for better display and adaptability with PowerPoint.
Although PowerPoint and Visio have many similar features for drawing illustrations, Visio can create very large and complex diagrams that cannot be achieved with PowerPoint. Unfortunately, Visio is not bundled with the rest of the Microsoft Office products, and you may have to create Visio-like diagrams within PowerPoint.
You can use Shapes or SmartArt to create good looking illustrations similar to Visio with some practice. For more professional looking and cost-effective solutions, look for diagrams from PowerPoint service providers like Business Process, Decision Trees and Strategy Maps