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PPSX File Extension

PowerPoint Open XML Slide Show
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What is PPSX file?

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 format specification

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 – the upgraded 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.

Programs which support PPSX file extension

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.

Updated: 02/25/2024

How to open file with PPSX extension?

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.

Step 1. Get the PowerPoint

Install software to open PPSX file 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.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of PowerPoint

Update software that support file extension PPSXIf 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.

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

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.

Associate software with PPSX file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the PPSX file and choose Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • 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 PPSX files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with PPSX file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the PPSX file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with PPSX extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Check the PPSX for errors

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.

Check PPSX file for viruses
1. Verify that the PPSX in question is not infected with a computer virus

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.

2. Verify that the PPSX file’s structure is intact

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.

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

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

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

If the systems has insufficient resources to open PPSX files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

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

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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