Free PowerPoint Online

View, create, and print PowerPoint files without Microsoft PowerPoint

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If you don’t have a way to view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations on a desktop PC or Mac, you have options. Even though the PowerPoint Viewer has been retired, PowerPoint online and the PowerPoint mobile apps will do the job for you. The online and mobile versions of PowerPoint are free, all you need is a Microsoft account.

Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint Online, PowerPoint for iPad, PowerPoint for iPhone, PowerPoint for Android, and PowerPoint Mobile for Windows phones and tablets.

Microsoft PowerPoint Online

PowerPoint Online is available if you have a Microsoft account (such as Hotmail.com, outlook.com, live.com, or msn.com) or an Office 365 work or school account. With PowerPoint Online, you can view or edit PowerPoint presentations for free in your browser.

A screenshot of PowerPoint Online shown in a browser window

The easiest way to accomplish this is to save your PowerPoint file to OneDrive or Dropbox, then use PowerPoint Online to open and edit it. You'll find that PowerPoint Online is similar to the version of PowerPoint on your computer, except that PowerPoint Online does not contain all the features of the desktop versions.

PowerPoint Online is compatible with all versions of PowerPoint. Start your PowerPoint presentation on your desktop and make edits using PowerPoint Online.

PowerPoint Mobile Apps

Luckily, with mobile devices, there are plenty of other options available to view or edit your slideshow. Whether you have an Android device, Apple iPhone, or Windows 10, there are options to download.

For Android, which includes smartphones and tablets, download Microsoft PowerPoint here.

The PowerPoint app is available for download for iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad, and the Apple Watch.

For Windows 10, including mobile versions, go here to download.

A screenshot of PowerPoint for Android installed on a tablet

With any of these options, either log in with your Microsoft account to access files from your OneDrive or save elsewhere (your smartphone SD/internal storage, Google Drive, Dropbox, or SharePoint).

The great thing with these options is that you can open, create, and edit PowerPoint presentations, unlike the old PowerPoint Viewer where you could only view them. Plus, the interface is similar no matter what platform you’re using.

If you’re looking for free software as an alternative to PowerPoint, search through these lists of free presentation software programs, free online presentation makers, or free Microsoft Office alternatives.