PA File Extension

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Microsoft PowerPoint Add-in Format
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    Microsoft
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What is PA file?

PA is a file extension commonly associated with Microsoft PowerPoint Add-in Format files. Microsoft PowerPoint Add-in Format format was developed by Microsoft. PA files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. PA file format, along with 147 other file formats, belongs to the Plugin Files category. Microsoft PowerPoint supports PA files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 1 other tools may also be used. On the official website of Microsoft Corporation developer not only will you find detailed information about theMicrosoft PowerPoint software, but also about PA and other supported file formats.

Programs which support PA file extension

The following listing features PA-compatible programs. Files with PA suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support PA file

How to open file with PA extension?

Problems with accessing PA may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with PA files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with PA files.

Step 1. Download and install Microsoft PowerPoint

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports PA files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select Microsoft PowerPoint or one of the recommended programs (for example, Microsoft Office) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support PA files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. If you want to download Microsoft PowerPoint installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Microsoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Check the version of Microsoft PowerPoint and update if needed

If the problems with opening PA files still occur even after installing Microsoft PowerPoint, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Microsoft PowerPoint is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why PA files are not compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint. The most recent version of Microsoft PowerPoint is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open PA files to Microsoft PowerPoint

If you have the latest version of Microsoft PowerPoint installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage PA on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the PA file and choose Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Microsoft PowerPoint installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open PA files box and clicking OK button.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with PA extension, select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with PA extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Verify that the PA is not faulty

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper PA file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. The PA may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the PA is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the scanner detected that the PA file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic PA file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. If the PA file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Microsoft PowerPoint Add-in Format file.

4. Check whether your system can handle Microsoft PowerPoint

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with PA extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Microsoft PowerPoint Add-in Format file. It may be the case that the PA files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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