What is a PPT File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert PPT Files

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A file with the PPT file extension is a Microsoft PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation file. Newer versions of PowerPoint have replaced this format with PPTX.

PPT files are often used for educational purposes and office use alike, for everything from studying to presenting information in front of an audience.

It's common for PPT files to contain various slides of text, sounds, photos, and videos.

How To Open a PPT File

PPT files can be opened with any version of Microsoft PowerPoint.

Note: PPT files created with versions of PowerPoint older than v8.0 (PowerPoint 97, released in 1997) are not reliably supported in newer versions of PowerPoint. If you have an older PPT file, try one of the conversion services listed in the next section.

Several free programs can also open and edit PPT files, such as Kingsoft Presentation, OpenOffice Impress, Google Slides, and SoftMaker FreeOffice Presentations.

You can open PPT files without PowerPoint by using Microsoft's free PowerPoint Viewer program, but it only supports viewing and printing the file, not editing it.

How To Convert a PPT File

Using one of the PPT viewers/editors from above is the best way to convert a PPT file to a new format. In PowerPoint, for example, the File > Save As menu lets you convert the PPT to PDF, MP4, JPG, PPTX, WMV, and lots of other formats.

Tip: The File > Export menu in PowerPoint provides some additional options that are useful when converting PPT to a video.

PowerPoint's File > Export > Create Handouts menu can translate the PowerPoint slides into pages in Microsoft Word. You'd use this option if you want an audience to be able to follow along with you as you make a presentation.

Another option is to use a free file converter to convert the PPT file. FileZigZag and Zamzar are two free online PPT converters that can save the PPT to MS Word's DOCX format as well as to PDF, HTML, EPS, POT, SWF, SXI, RTF, KEY, ODP, and other similar formats.

If you upload the PPT file to Google Drive, you can convert it to the Google Slides format by right-clicking the file and selecting Open with > Google Slides.

Tip: Now that the PPT can be opened and edited with Google Slides, you can even convert it again by using the File > Download as menu - PPTX, PDF, TXT, JPG, PNG, and SVG are the supported conversion formats.

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