Open a PowerPoint 2010 presentation in PowerPoint 2003 or earlier

In Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, you can save your presentation in the earlier file format (.ppt) in order to view it in PowerPoint 2003 or earlier. However, if you save a PowerPoint 2010 presentation as a PowerPoint 97 - 2003 file, you may lose some of the features and effects available in later versions (PowerPoint 2007 and 2010).

You can also install updates and converters that allow you to view the PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 file format (.pptx) in PowerPoint 2003 or earlier.

 Note   You might still lose some PowerPoint 2010 features and effects when using a converter.

For more information on what features change when you open a PowerPoint 2010 presentation in an earlier version of PowerPoint, see Features that change when you open a PowerPoint 2010 presentation in PowerPoint 2003 or earlier.

 Notes 


Save your PowerPoint 2010 presentation in PowerPoint 97-2003 format

 Important   PowerPoint 97-2003 does not recognize SmartArt graphics and newer visual objects that are available in PowerPoint 2010 and will convert them to bitmaps to maintain their appearance. You cannot change certain aspects of bitmaps, such as line width, fill color, and other PowerPoint 2010 specific properties.

  1. In PowerPoint 2010, open the presentation that you want to save as a PowerPoint 97-2003 file.
  2. Click the File tab.
  1. Click Save As.

In the Save As dialog box, select the file type that you want from the Save as type menu.

  1. In the File name box, enter a name for your presentation, or do nothing to accept the suggested file name.
  2. In the Navigation bar, select the location that you want to save your presentation to, or do nothing to accept the suggested location.
  3. To the right of Save as type, click PowerPoint Presentation, and select PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation.
  4. Click Save.

The file is saved as a PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation (.ppt) file that you can open in PowerPoint 97 through 2003.

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Download and install updates and converters for PowerPoint 2003 or earlier

Microsoft Office 2010 supports converters for Office 2000, Office XP, and Office 2003 programs, and the converters support Microsoft Windows 2000. To open, edit, and save your PowerPoint 2010 presentation in PowerPoint 2003 or earlier without first saving it in another file format, you can download the Microsoft Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

On the computer that has a version of PowerPoint earlier than PowerPoint 2007 installed, do the following:

  1. Navigate to the Microsoft Office Downloads and Updates Web site.
  2. Download the Microsoft Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

After you install the updates and converters, all PowerPoint 2010 presentations that you open are automatically converted so that you can edit and save them.

You can also just open your PowerPoint 2010 presentation. If you have not yet downloaded and installed the Compatibility Pack, you will be presented with instructions about how to do this.

 Important   PowerPoint 97-2003 does not recognize the SmartArt graphics and new visual objects (object: A table, chart, graphic, equation, or other form of information. Objects created in one application, for example spreadsheets, and linked or embedded in another application are OLE objects.) that are available in PowerPoint 2010, and will convert them to bitmaps (bitmap: A picture made from a series of small dots, much like a piece of graph paper with certain squares filled in to form shapes and lines. When stored as files, bitmaps usually have the extension .bmp.) to maintain their appearance. You cannot change certain aspects of bitmaps, such as line width, fill color, and other PowerPoint 2010 specific properties.

For more information about features and formatting that might not appear, see Features that change when you open a PowerPoint 2010 presentation in PowerPoint 2003 or earlier.

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2010