If you can make changes in PowerPoint itself, you should exclude the AI step. When you paste the PP file in AI and then make changes, it complicate the process. You should either use PowerPoint to edit the files and then directly use them or can links the completed AI file instead of embedding them in the InDesign Document.
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Just copy / paste them into InDesign.
Thanks for the quick replies!
When I try to paste into InDesign directly from PowerPoint, I get the "Failed to open the PDF file" message. I've tried pasting the individual elements from the slides into InDesign, and they all seem to work apart from dashed lines. Whenever I try to include a dashed line, I get the error message!
What version of InDesign? What platform? What version of Powerpoint? You said they were embedded Excel charts. What if you open them in Excel and paste from there?
InDesign CC 2015.4 release on a Mac.
PowerPoint for Mac version 15.26
The dashed lines were added in PowerPoint, as well as a few other elements that do seem to copy & paste into InDesign OK, including curly brackets and additional text boxes.
If I go back to the Excel charts, I'll lose the extra bits that were added in PowerPoint.
I'll see if I can redrawing the lines in PowerPoint helps.