POTM File Extension

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PowerPoint Open XML Macro-Enabled Presentation Template
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What is POTM file?

POTM is a file extension commonly associated with PowerPoint Open XML Macro-Enabled Presentation Template files. PowerPoint Open XML Macro-Enabled Presentation Template format was developed by Microsoft. Files with POTM extension may be used by programs distributed for Mac OS, Windows platform. Files with POTM extension are categorized as Data Files files. The Data Files subset comprises 1258 various file formats. PowerPoint supports POTM files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 4 other tools may also be used. PowerPoint software was developed by Microsoft Corporation, and on its official website you may find more information about POTM files or the PowerPoint software program.

Programs which support POTM file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 2 operating systems that support POTM files. Files with POTM 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 POTM file

How to open file with POTM extension?

Problems with accessing POTM may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with POTM extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with POTM files.

Step 1. Get the PowerPoint

Problems with opening and working with POTM files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with POTM files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select PowerPoint or one of the recommended programs (for example, Microsoft Office, NeoOffice, Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download 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 PowerPoint and update if needed

You still cannot access POTM files although PowerPoint is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that PowerPoint cannot handle files with POTM may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using PowerPoint.

Step 3. Set the default application to open POTM files to PowerPoint

If you have the latest version of PowerPoint installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage POTM on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Right-click the POTM file and choose Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where PowerPoint is installed, check the Always use this app to open POTM files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the POTM file and 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 POTM extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Ensure that the POTM file is complete and free of errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the POTM file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. Verify that the POTM in question is not infected with a computer virus

Should it happed that the POTM is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. POTM file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Ensure the file with POTM extension is complete and error-free

If you obtained the problematic POTM 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. It could happen the the download process of file with POTM extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the PowerPoint Open XML Macro-Enabled Presentation Template file again.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open PowerPoint

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

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with PowerPoint Open XML Macro-Enabled Presentation Template files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with POTM files affecting older versions of given software.

Conversion of a POTM file

File Conversions from POTM extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to POTM file
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