PPT is a slideshow file format native to Microsoft PowerPoint. PPT file stores multimedia presentation project that can include such elements as videos, sound effects or audio tracks, and formatted text data.
PPT files are frequently used for various presentations, ranging from educational presentations to official presentations for wider public. PPT presentations can be created based on one of many predefined templates or from scratch.
PPT format was introduced in 1987, along with the first version of PowerPoint software, and it saved data in binary format. Until the release of PowerPoint 2007, PPT was the default presentation file format. It was then replaced by PPTX format, which is based on OpenXML standard. PPT files are still supported by newer versions of PowerPoint.
Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open PPT files divided into 4 categories according to system platform supported. Files with PPT suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening PPT files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to PowerPoint Presentation files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening PPT files is that no program that can handle PPT files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select PowerPoint or one of the recommended programs (for example, Canvas, OmniPage Ultimate, PowerPoint Viewer) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. 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 you already have PowerPoint installed on your systems and PPT files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. The reason that PowerPoint cannot handle files with PPT may be that the software is outdated.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.
After installing PowerPoint (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open PPT files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.
The procedure to change the default program in Windows
The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS
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 PPT file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
Should it happed that the PPT 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 PPT file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
Did you receive the PPT file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. 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 PPT extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.
There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support PPT files. Close all running programs and try opening the PPT file.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with PowerPoint Presentation files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with PPT files affecting older versions of given software.
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