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Tried It Tuesday - Editable TPT Products

Happy Tuesday! I had a few people ask me about how I created my Editable Sub Binder. It was actually the first time I had TRIED to create something like this, so I thought, perfect time to share! Tried It Tuesday! :)
I'm also linking up to Erica's Getting Started on TPT Linky!
**This tutorial is also now listed under my Techy Tips, with some other great tips too! Make sure to go check them out!**

First, create your product that you want to make editable. I use Powerpoint (and I LOVE it!!) to create my products. This tutorial will only really help you if you already know your way around Powerpoint... sorry!!
Once you have your product made, you'll want to save it as a ppt for later in case you need to edit, but you also need to SAVE AS JPEG.
It will ask you if you want to save only that slide, or all slides. You want to save ALL SLIDES. This will put every slide, as a JPEG, into a folder for you.

Once you've done that, open a new blank Powerpoint document. Change your slide settings under Design to match what you just created (mine was standard, portrait) then click Format Background (also under Design). Under "FILL" you'll want to click the button next to Picture or Texture Fill, then choose File to insert your pictures from the files you just made by saving your powerpoint as a JPEG.
Select the first page (probably called Slide 1) and press open. It will insert the picture as your background- it will fill the page. Nothing can be edited on the page you created because it's a JPEG, and your user won't accidentally click on it and move it because it is now set as the background. Repeat this until all of your pictures have been added into the backgrounds of new slides.

To make it editable, you will want to add text boxes.
I typed into the text box what I thought they should do there, as well as set the size of the font to match the rest of the document.

I also needed to add tables to some of the pages, which are editable as well with text.
Once you have added text boxes, tables, etc to all the pages, you will want to SAVE AS Powerpoint- NOT PDF! This keeps it editable!
Then, because some people might want the PDF file to hand-write on instead of the PPT to type into, delete all the prompt-text you typed (keep your tables though!!) and nooooooow you can SAVE AS PDF.
I hope you found this helpful! I promise it's not as daunting as it seems... it just takes a bit of time. :) This would also be a great option for people who want to share or sell their Powerpoint Slide Shows they have created, but don't want people taking "certain liberties" and changing things... ;-)

Make sure to go link up what you've tried with Holly, and see what everyone else is up to, too!

Also, reminder, Workshop Wednesday this week is *GASP* cancelled (Shhhh, it's ok. Keep reading!) because of a surprise... stay tuned! Make sure to come back tomorrow and see! :o) Of course, you can always link up to any week's post from this month if you'd like to share some Pinterest finds!


  1. Thanks for the tutorial...I will TRY IT! :) wendy

  2. Thanks for the great tutorial! Can't wait to see what the surprise is!

    Eclectic Educating

  3. Thanks! I was wondering how to do this. Going to put it on my summer list!
    Enjoy your week, and thanks again for all of your help with my crashed computer!

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  4. At first I thought it said "Edible TPT Products"--and that really made me wonder what I was missing out on. That would be delicious.

    Thanks for putting together this Editable tutorial.

    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  5. Thanks so much for the great tutorial! I have been wanting to know the secret to this for sometime now! So glad you shared!


    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  6. This is fabulous. Thank you for taking the time to walk us through this. I'm pinning this so I can find it later!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  7. Thanks for sharing this, I was wondering if it had to be saved one slide at a time and this totally answered that question and made this process not so daunting. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  8. This is a great tutorial! I love that you were willing to share your tips with us. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  9. Thank you so much for this great helpful hint! I actually just had someone email me to customize something of mine on my TpT store because I didn't know how to add it as an editable version! :)

    Adventures in Room 204

  10. I LOVE your Techy Tips! As usual, your directions are clear and concise and oh so helpful!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  11. This is JUST what I needed!! Thank you, thank you! Now, I am actually going to go back and make my binder dividers editable for APPR! You rock!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  12. Every week you add something to my to do list, Jessica!! Thanks for your knowledge - one less thing I need to research now! I'll try it out this weekend!

    Lucky to Be in First

  13. Thank you so much for this post! I happened upon your site through the Workshop linky, but of course, kept on reading! I'm your newest follower :)

    Teaching in the Tongass

  14. I love your blog!! Thank you so much for this tutorial. I just tried this, and I was successful!! Woo-hoo! :) Thank you so much!!

  15. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your blog was the first place I looked for help because I remember you have a "Techy Tips" section. Thanks! :)

    The 4th Grade Journey

  16. This is perfect and what I've been looking for for weeks! Thank you so much for sharing. Can't wait to meet you in Vegas!

  17. Great idea!!! Thanks for the tips!

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  19. Wow, this is so helpful! I needed to make an editable schedule cards and I was struggling for hours to figure this out! Thank you so much :D

  20. Thanks for this tip! I am wondering if you have to format each slide separately. Is there a way to format 100 slides at the same time?

    1. I'm sorry- as far as I know there isn't! :(


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