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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, fear not! In the past, Microsoft had a free viewer for PowerPoint files called PowerPoint Viewer. However, Microsoft retired it on April 30, 2018, but fortunately replaced with PowerPoint Online or via a mobile app.  

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

Note: Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint Online and mobile apps.

Microsoft PowerPoint Online

PowerPoint Online can be used 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 then you can view or edit PowerPoint presentations for free in your browser.

The easiest way to accomplish this is saving your PowerPoint file to a OneDrive or Dropbox drive, then using PowerPoint Online to open and edit it. It works the same as if you have a full-blown installation of Microsoft Office on your computer. You don’t have to worry about which version of PowerPoint you have as PowerPoint Online is compatible with all versions.

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.

For iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad, and the Apple Watch, go here to download.

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

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

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