Differences between the OpenDocument Presentation (.odp) format and the PowerPoint (.pptx) format

When you work with two file formats, like .pptx and .odp, there might be formatting differences, and not all features will be available. You’ll be able to convert data and content, but the way you work with the content might be different depending on which formats you use.

Switch your default file format

  1. Do one of the following:
  • In PowerPoint 2007, click the Microsoft Office Button Office button image > PowerPoint Options.
  • In PowerPoint 2010 or PowerPoint 2013, click File > Options.
  1. Click Save.
  2. Under Save presentations, in the Save files in this format list, click the file format you want to use by default.

What is supported when I save a PowerPoint presentation in the OpenDocument Presentation format?

The table below shows which PowerPoint features are fully, partially, or not supported in the OpenDocument Presentation (.odp) format.

  • Supported     Both PowerPoint and the OpenDocument Presentation format support this feature. Content, formatting, and usability won’t be lost.
  • Partially Supported     Both PowerPoint and the OpenDocument Presentation format support this feature, but formatting and usability might be affected. No text or data is lost, but formatting and how you work with text or graphics might be different.
  • Not Supported     The feature in PowerPoint isn’t supported in the OpenDocument Presentation format. If you plan to save your PowerPoint document in the OpenDocument Presentation format, don’t use this feature or you risk in your losing content, formatting, and usability of that part of your presentation.

To see information about graphic features, see the Graphic Elements table at the end of this article.

Area Subarea Level of support
PowerPoint 2007 PowerPoint 2010 PowerPoint 2013
Animations

Entrance/Exit

animations

Partially Supported

Any entrance or exit animations that cannot be supported by ODF are changed to an Appear or Disappear animation.

Partially Supported

Any entrance or exit animations that cannot be supported by ODF are changed to an Appear or Disappear animation.

Partially Supported

Any entrance or exit animations that cannot be supported by ODF are changed to an Appear or Disappear animation.

Animations Color
animations

Not Supported

Animations that involve color change are not supported.

Not Supported

Animations that involve color change are not supported.

Not Supported

Animations that involve color change are not supported.

Animations Scaling
animations
Not Supported

Not Supported

Blast, Flash bulb, Grow & Shrink, Vertical Height animations are not supported.

Not Supported

Blast, Flash bulb, Grow & Shrink, Vertical Height animations are not supported.

Animations Animation
delays
Supported Supported Supported
Animations Animation timing Supported Supported Supported
Animations Text
animations
Supported Supported Supported
Animations Triggered
animations
Supported Supported Supported
Animations

Animation

sounds

Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Animations Media animations Supported Supported Supported
Animations SmartArt Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Animations Chart Parts

Partially Supported

Animations on chart parts are converted to an animation on the whole chart.

Partially Supported

Animations on chart parts are converted to an animation on the whole chart.

Partially Supported

Animations on chart parts are converted to an animation on the whole chart.

Animations

OLE action

animations

Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Animations Master/
Layout
animations
Not Supported Not Supported Supported
Transitions Transitions

Partially Supported

Any transitions that can be found in the SMIL specification or in the Open Document Format specification are supported. The following transitions are not supported, because they are not described by either specification: Blinds, Cut, Strips, Comb, and Newsflash.

Partially Supported

Any transitions that can be found in the SMIL specification or in the Open Document Format specification are supported, with the following exceptions: the Blinds, Cut, Strips, Comb, and Newsflash transitions are not supported.

Partially Supported

Any transitions that can be found in the SMIL specification or in the Open Document Format specification are supported, with the following exceptions: the Blinds, Cut, Strips, Comb, and Newsflash transitions are not supported.

Transitions Transition
Sounds
Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Content Media (Movies/Sounds) Trim and bookmark Partially Supported Partially Supported Partially Supported
Content

Embedding

WAV files

Supported Supported Supported
Content OLE Supported Supported Supported
Content

ActiveX

Controls

Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Content Tables

Partially Supported

When you save a presentation with tables in it to the .odp format, the tables become images and cannot be edited.

Partially Supported

When you save a presentation with tables in it to the .odp format, the tables become images and cannot be edited.

Partially Supported
Content Headers/
Footers

Partially Supported

When you save a file with headers or footer fields, including the date/time or page number fields, in the .odp format, the headers and footers become text boxes that are no longer associated with the header/footer features in an ODF application.

Partially Supported

When you save a file with headers or footers in it in the .odp format, the headers and footers become text boxes.

Partially Supported

When you save a file with headers or footers in it in the .odp format, the headers and footers become text boxes.

Content Date fields

Partially Supported

All date types are included, but they might be converted to a default type by other ODF applications.

Partially Supported

All date types are included, but they might be converted to a default type by other ODF applications.

Partially Supported

All date types are included, but they might be converted to a default type by other ODF applications.

Content Hide Shape Supported Supported Supported
Content Hide Slide Supported Supported Supported
Macros, Programmability Macros, OM, Programmability Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Presentation settings Page size

Partially Supported

Although the page size is saved with the presentation, the Page Size settings in the Page Setup dialog box is inaccurate. The dialog box tries to default to the default page size.

Partially Supported

Although the page size is saved with the presentation, the Page Size settings in the Page Setup dialog box is inaccurate. The dialog box tries to default to the default page size.

Partially Supported

Although the page size is saved with the presentation, the Page Size settings in the Page Setup dialog box is inaccurate. The dialog box tries to default to the default page size.

Presentation settings Custom
Shows
Supported Supported Supported
Presentation settings Narrations, Timings Supported Supported Supported
Presentation settings Show
Settings
Partially Supported Partially Supported Partially Supported
Presentation settings Print
Settings
Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Presentation settings View
Settings
Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Collaboration Comments Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Charts Charts

Partially Supported

See Differences between the OpenDocument Spreadsheet (.ods) format and the Excel (.xlsx) format for more infomation about supported Chart features.

Partially Supported

See Differences between the OpenDocument Spreadsheet (.ods) format and the Excel (.xlsx) format for more infomation about supported Chart features.

Partially Supported

See Differences between the OpenDocument Spreadsheet (.ods) format and the Excel (.xlsx) format for more infomation about supported Chart features.

Presentation Design Masters

Partially Supported

When you save a presentation in .odp format, all theme information is lost and placed onto the masters/layouts. Inheritance of theme defaults, such as fonts, colors, and effects on new shapes, are no longer inherited. All existing shapes continue to follow the inheritance of formatting from the masters and layouts.

When you open the presentation after saving the presentation in .odp format, the default theme is used, but it should not cause any changes in the presentation. However, it does cause all future edits to be done as if that default theme was applied.

Partially Supported

When you save a presentation in .odp format, all theme information is lost and placed onto the masters/layouts. Inheritance of theme defaults, such as fonts, colors, and effects on new shapes are no longer inherited.

When you open the presentation after saving the presentation in .odp format, the default theme is used, but should not cause any changes in the presentation. However, it does cause all future edits to be done as if that default theme was applied.

Partially Supported

When you save a presentation in .odp format, all theme information is lost and placed onto the masters/layouts. Inheritance of theme defaults, such as fonts, colors, and effects on new shapes are no longer inherited.

When you open the presentation after saving the presentation in .odp format, the default theme is used, but should not cause any changes in the presentation. However, it does cause all future edits to be done as if that default theme was applied.

Presentation Design Layouts

Partially Supported

Layouts are treated similarly to masters when opened in other ODF applications. Within PowerPoint 2007 SP2, layouts will round-trip and continue to inherit its background and placeholder properties from the master slide. As mentioned for masters, the theme information is lost, and future edits to the layout are done as if the default theme was applied.

Partially Supported

Layouts are treated similar to masters when opened in other ODF applications.

Partially Supported

Layouts are treated similar to masters when opened in other ODF applications.

Presentation Design Placeholders

Partially Supported

Placeholders are saved and persisted in .odp files. All placeholders continue to inherit their formatting properties from the corresponding placeholders in the layouts and master slides. Any formatting overrides are also kept. As with layouts and masters, placeholders do not retain the theme that was used before saving to .odp. Additional placeholders added after loading an .odp file are created using the default theme unless a new theme is applied.

Partially Supported

Theme information is lost from placeholders.

Partially Supported

Theme information is lost from placeholders.

Presentation Design Notes Supported Supported Supported
Presentation Design Notes
Masters
Supported Supported Supported
Presentation Design Handout
Masters
Supported Supported Supported
Encryption Encryption Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Protection Protection Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Text International
text
formatting

Partially Supported

Unsupported features include:

  • Kinsoku
  • Vertical Text rotation (270, stacked)
  • East Asian linebreaking
  • Kumimoji
  • Some international numbering systems are mapped to bullets or Western numbering

Distributed alignment

Partially Supported

Unsupported features include:

  • Kinsoku
  • Vertical Text rotation (270, stacked)
  • East Asian linebreaking
  • Kumimoji
  • Some international numbering systems are mapped to bullets or Western numbering
  • Distributed alignment

Partially Supported

Unsupported features include:

  • Kinsoku
  • Vertical Text rotation (270, stacked)
  • East Asian linebreaking
  • Kumimoji
  • Some international numbering systems are mapped to bullets or Western numbering
  • Distributed alignment
Text Alignment

Partially Supported

Distributed alignment is not supported.

Some visual differences might be seen in the alignment, anchoring, or wrapping of the text in other ODF applications.

Partially Supported

Distributed alignment is not supported.

Some visual differences might be seen in the alignment, anchoring, or wrapping of the text in other ODF applications.

Partially Supported

Distributed alignment is not supported.

Some visual differences might be seen in the alignment, anchoring, or wrapping of the text in other ODF applications.

Text Columns Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Text

Text

rotation

Partially Supported

270-rotation and stacked text are not supported.

Partially Supported

270-rotation and stacked text are not supported.

Partially Supported

270-rotation and stacked text are not supported.

Text Hyperlinks

Partially Supported

Regular hyperlinks are supported, but on-hover hyperlinks are not supported.

Partially Supported

Regular hyperlinks are supported, but on-hover hyperlinks are not supported.

Partially Supported

Regular hyperlinks are supported, but on-hover hyperlinks are not supported.

Text Lists

Supported

Other ODF applications might change the numbering/bulleting or not support it all together.

Supported

Other ODF applications might change the numbering/bulleting or not support it all together.

Supported

Other ODF applications might change the numbering/bulleting or not support it all together.

Text

Basic

formatting

Supported

Italics, bold, underline, and strikethrough are all supported in ODF applications.

Different fonts or sizes are supported.

Supported

Italics, bold, underline, and strikethrough are all supported in ODF applications.

Different fonts or sizes are supported.

Supported

Italics, bold, underline, and strikethrough are all supported in ODF applications.

Different fonts or sizes are supported.

Text Advanced
formatting/
graphic
feffects

Partially Supported

Unsupported features include:

  • Picture filled, gradient filled, pattern filled, or empty filled text.
  • Some outer shadow effects on text.
  • Text with picture, gradient, pattern, or empty filled outlines.
  • Text cannot have outlines different from the fill color.

Partially Supported

Unsupported features include:

  • Picture filled, gradient filled, pattern filled, or empty filled text.
  • Some outer shadow effects on text.
  • Text with picture, gradient, pattern, or empty filled outlines.
  • Text cannot have outlines different from the fill color.

Partially Supported

Unsupported features include:

  • Picture filled, gradient filled, pattern filled, or empty filled text.
  • Some outer shadow effects on text.
  • Text with picture, gradient, pattern, or empty filled outlines.
  • Text cannot have outlines different from the fill color.
Text Autofit

Not Supported

When you save the presentation in .odp format, the font size for text boxes that have Autofit turned on are set to one size and no longer have Autofit when you open the file again in PowerPoint 2007.

Not Supported

When you save the presentation in .odp format, the font size for text boxes that have Autofit turned on are set to one size and no longer have Autofit when you open the file again in PowerPoint 2010.

Not Supported

When you save the presentation in .odp format, the font size for text boxes that have Autofit turned on are set to one size and no longer have Autofit when you open the file again in PowerPoint 2013.

Text Overflow

Supported

Overflow might be seen differently in different ODF applications.

Supported

Overflow might be seen differently in different ODF applications.

Supported

Overflow might be seen differently in different ODF applications.

Graphics elements

The table below shows which PowerPoint graphics features are supported, partially supported, or not supported in the OpenDocument Format (.odp).

  • Supported     The PowerPoint format and the OpenDocument Format support this feature. Graphics using this feature generally appear and behave the same in either format.
  • Partially Supported     The PowerPoint format and the OpenDocument Format support this feature, but graphics might appear different between the formats. No data is generally lost between the formats, but formatting and how you work with these graphics might be different.
  • Not Supported     Because of the unique differences of features and implementation between the PowerPoint format and the OpenDocument Format, this feature isn’t supported in OpenDocument Format. If you plan to save your presentation in an OpenDocument Format, don’t use these features.
Basic shapes Level of support
PowerPoint 2007 PowerPoint 2010 PowerPoint 2013
Shapes Supported Supported Supported
Text boxes

Supported

Supported except for objects inside the text box. The objects inside the text box are dropped when you open an OpenDocument file.

Supported

Supported except for objects inside the text box. The objects inside the text box are dropped when you open an OpenDocument file.

Supported

Supported except for objects inside the text box. The objects inside the text box are dropped when you open an OpenDocument file.

WordArt

Partially Supported

ODF does not support the WordArt options in PowerPoint. As a result, WordArt is converted to a text box on save. The text and base text color are maintained but WordArt effects and formatting are lost.

Partially Supported

ODF does not support the WordArt options in PowerPoint. As a result, WordArt is converted to a text box on save. The text and base text color are maintained but WordArt effects and formatting are lost.

Partially Supported

ODF does not support the WordArt options in PowerPoint. As a result, WordArt is converted to a text box on save. The text and base text color are maintained but WordArt effects and formatting are lost.

3D shapes options Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Pictures

Supported

Supported except for the insert and link option which are not supported by ODF.

Supported

Supported except for the insert and link option which are not supported by ODF.

Supported

Supported except for the insert and link option which are not supported by ODF.

SmartArt diagrams

Supported

Converted to a group of shapes.

Supported

Converted to a group of shapes.

Supported

Converted to a group of shapes.

ActiveX controls Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Objects in charts

Supported

Converted to a group containing the chart and objects.

Supported

Converted to a group containing the chart and objects.

Supported

Converted to a group containing the chart and objects.

Ink annotation

Supported

The ink annotation is converted to a freeform shape.

Supported

The ink annotation is converted to an Enhanced Metafile (EMF) image.

Supported

The ink annotation is converted to an Enhanced Metafile (EMF) image.

Group of objects Supported Supported Supported
Object visibility Supported Supported Supported
Object borders

Supported

Not all border styles are supported. Border styles that are not supported are saved as the default border style (black, solid line).

Supported

Not all border styles are supported. Border styles that are not supported are saved as the default border style (black, solid line).

Supported

Not all border styles are supported. Border styles that are not supported are saved as the default border style (black, solid line).

Object fills

Supported

Supported except for slide background fill.

Additionally, gradient fills with more than two stops lose all stops after the first two.

Supported

Supported except for slide background fill.

Additionally, gradient fills with more than two stops lose all stops after the first two.

Supported

Supported except for slide background fill.

Additionally, gradient fills with more than two stops lose all stops after the first two.

Line formatting

Supported

Not all line and line end styles are supported in ODF. Styles that are not supported are saved as the default, black solid line and open arrow type, respectively.

Supported

Not all line and line end styles are supported in ODF. Styles that are not supported are saved as the default, black solid line and open arrow type, respectively.

Supported

Not all line and line end styles are supported in ODF. Styles that are not supported are saved as the default, black solid line and open arrow type, respectively.

Picture cropping

Supported

Regular cropping of a picture is supported. However, cropping a picture with a shape is not supported.

Supported

Regular cropping of a picture is supported. However, cropping a picture with a shape is not supported.

Supported

Regular cropping of a picture is supported. However, cropping a picture with a shape is not supported.

Picture recoloring

Partially Supported

Some picture recoloring has the equivalent in ODF, such as black and white. Other picture recoloring does not have an equivalent and is flattened. The picture appears the same but the recoloring can no longer be changed or removed.

Partially Supported

Some picture recoloring has the equivalent in ODF, such as black and white. Other picture recoloring does not have an equivalent and is flattened. The picture appears the same but the recoloring can no longer be changed or removed.

Partially Supported

Some picture recoloring has the equivalent in ODF, such as black and white. Other picture recoloring does not have an equivalent and is flattened. The picture appears the same but the recoloring can no longer be changed or removed.

3D picture options Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Picture styles

Partially Supported

Borders are partially supported, but might not look the same.

Partially Supported

Borders are partially supported, but might not look the same.

Partially Supported

Borders are partially supported, but might not look the same.

Themes Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Hyperlink on shape Not Supported Not Supported Not Supported

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2007