QR codes are very useful for promoting business online. You have seen many apps in Google Play and App Stores that help you create QR codes for your websites. Do you know, you can create a QR code in Windows 10 without using any third-party app? Microsoft Office provides this facility to Windows users. In this article, we will see the process of creating a QR code in Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel in Windows 10.
Before you begin, make sure that your PC or laptop is connected to the internet. Without an active internet connection, you cannot create a QR code.
How to generate QR code in PowerPoint
Let’s see the method to create a QR code in Microsoft PowerPoint.
1] Launch Microsoft PowerPoint on your Windows PC. The QR code generator is not added to the Microsoft Office pack by default. Therefore, we have to add it. For this, go to “Insert > Store.” Some of you may have “Get Add-ins” in place of “Store” option depending on the version of your Microsoft Office.
2] A new window will appear on your screen. In the search box of that window, type “QR” and press “Enter.” In the search results, you will see “QR4Office” at the top; install this add-in by clicking on the “Add” button. A new popup window will appear on your screen, click “Continue.”
3] After the installation of the plugin in PowerPoint, you will see it in the right panel. In a new PowerPoint presentation, you can access the plugin from “Insert > My Add-ins.”
4] Now, you can create and insert QR codes in your PowerPoint presentation. For this, you have to enter the URL in the right panel. Simply paste the URL without HTTPS:// or HTTP://, as these are available in the drop-down menu. See the below screenshot. You can also generate QR codes for any custom text by selecting “Custom” option in the drop-down menu.
5] Your QR code is ready, insert it into the slide by clicking on the “Insert” button. The “Insert” button did not work for me. Hence. I inserted the code into the slide by copying and pasting it manually. You can copy the code by right-clicking on it. If Ctrl+V does not work, paste it by right-click. Or you can download the image on your computer and insert it into the PowerPoint slides.
I have scanned the QR code with an Android app to check whether it is working or not. What I have got after scanning the code is shown in the below screenshot.
How to create QR code in Excel
Once you install the add-in QR4Office on any of the Microsoft Office applications like PowerPoint, it becomes available for other applications too like Word, Excel.
1] Launch Excel and go to “Insert > My Add-ins.” Select QR4Office and click “Insert.”
2] After that, it will be available on the right panel just like in PowerPoint. Now, you have to repeat the same steps as done in the PowerPoint to create a QR code. If the “Insert” option does not work, you can copy the QR code and paste it in the respective cell. If you are unable to paste the QR code, save it on your computer by right-clicking on it.
3] Now, go to “Insert > Picture” and select the code to insert it in Excel.
That’s it. Now, you can create a QR code in PowerPoint and Excel.
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