Free PowerPoint Viewer

Open PowerPoint Files Without Microsoft PowerPoint

Screenshot of Microsoft's free PowerPoint Viewer program
PowerPoint Viewer.

Microsoft has a free viewer for PowerPoint files appropriately called PowerPoint Viewer. It lets you open PowerPoint files without needing to have the full MS Office program installed.

It's important to know that PowerPoint Viewer can only view PowerPoint files, meaning you can’t add images, text, or other elements to the slides. You also can't make any changes to the presentation.

If you’re looking for free software to edit a PowerPoint file, see this list of free presentation software programs, free online presentation makers, or free Microsoft Office alternatives.

What You Can Do With PowerPoint Viewer

When you open PowerPoint Viewer, you are prompted to select a PowerPoint file. If you don’t have any other applications on your computer that opens PowerPoint files, then PowerPoint Viewer will be the default program to view them.

The program interface for PowerPoint Viewer is extremely simple. You can click through the slides, use the arrow keys, and open a small menu via the bottom toolbar or the right-click context menu.

You’re able to navigate through a slideshow like you would in PowerPoint, view the slideshow in full screen, copy a slide as an image file, and print some or all of the slides.

You can also open password protected presentation files with PowerPoint Viewer.

PowerPoint files that were created using PowerPoint 97 up to 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 can be viewed in this free PowerPoint viewer. This includes all the following file formats: PPTX, PPTM, PPT, PPSX, PPSM, PPS, POTX, POTM, and POT. The OpenOffice ODP format is supported, too.

PowerPoint Viewer can be installed on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP, as well as Windows Server 2008 and 2003.

Installing the Free PowerPoint Viewer

Visit FileHippo's PowerPoint Viewer download page to get a free copy of PowerPoint Viewer. The file is around 60 MB, so it could take some time to finish downloading.

Just a few clicks are required during setup to finish up and install PowerPoint Viewer. You won't need to select custom options since the default settings work well.