PPSX file extension is used with slide show files created with Microsoft PowerPoint or other similar software. PPSX file contains collection od slides ready for presentation. PPSX file can also hold images, audio files, text, etc.
PPSX file format is rather unique as it doesn’t allow editing of its contents – only viewing is possible. Thus the format is suitable for situations that require only conduction a presentation but not necessary editing its contents. PPSX counterpart that allows editing is the PPTX format.
PPSX format combines XML structure with ZIP compression method. Benefits of such solution are, for example, reduced file size redukcja, improved data management, and improved data recovery process. The format is an upgraded version of its predecessor, the PPS format, and the added ‘X’ letter in the name of the extension relates to XML structure, which offers a significant advantage – it allows programs other than those of MS Office suite to open the presentation file. PPSX format was introduced along with PowerPoint 2007.
The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with PPSX files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. PPSX files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.
Problems with accessing PPSX may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with PPSX extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.
Problems with opening and working with PPSX files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with PPSX files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install PowerPoint or one to the listed programs: Apache OpenOffice, Kingsoft Presentation, PowerPoint Viewer. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit PowerPoint website and download the installer.
If the problems with opening PPSX files still occur even after installing PowerPoint, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of PowerPoint is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why PPSX files are not compatible with PowerPoint. The latest version of PowerPoint should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.
If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate PPSX files with latest version of PowerPoint you have installed on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.
Change the default application in Windows
Change the default application in Mac OS
If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the PPSX file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the PPSX file hinders attempts to open it. Scan the PPSX file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the PPSX file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
Did you receive the PPSX file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. It could happen the the download process of file with PPSX extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.
Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.
If the systems has insufficient resources to open PPSX files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with PowerPoint Open XML Slide Show files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle PPSX files.
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