File formats that are supported in PowerPoint 2010

With Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 you can save your presentation into any one of the file types listed in the following table.

 Important   PowerPoint 2010 does not support the following:

  • Saving to PowerPoint 95 (or earlier) file formats.
  • Pack and Go Wizard (.ppz) files.

Save As file type Extension Use to save
PowerPoint Presentation .pptx A PowerPoint 2010 or 2007 presentation, which is an XML-enabled file format, by default.
PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Presentation .pptm A presentation that contains Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) (Visual Basic for Applications (VBA): A macro-language version of Microsoft Visual Basic that is used to program Microsoft Windows-based applications and is included with several Microsoft programs.) code.
PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation .ppt A presentation that you can open in PowerPoint 97 to Office PowerPoint 2003.
PDF Document Format .pdf A PostScript-based electronic file format developed by Adobe Systems that preserves document formatting and enables file sharing.
XPS Document Format .xps A new electronic paper format for exchanging documents in their final form.
PowerPoint Design Templates .potx A PowerPoint 2010 or 2007 presentation template that you can use to format future presentations.
PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Design Template .potm A template that includes pre-approved macros that you can add to a template to be used in a presentation.
PowerPoint 97-2003 Design Template .pot A template that you can open in PowerPoint 97 to Office PowerPoint 2003.
Office Theme .thmx A style sheet that includes definitions of a color theme, font theme, and effect theme.
PowerPoint Show .pps; .ppsx A presentation that always opens in Slide Show view rather than in Normal view.
PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Show .ppsm A slide show that includes pre-approved macros that you can run from within a slide show.
PowerPoint 97-2003 Show .ppt A slide show that you can open in PowerPoint 97 to Office PowerPoint 2003.
PowerPoint Add-In .ppam An add-in that stores custom commands, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code, and specialized features such as an add-in.
PowerPoint 97-2003 Add-In .ppa An add-in that you can open in PowerPoint 97 to Office PowerPoint 2003.
Windows Media Video wmv

A presentation that is saved as a video. PowerPoint 2010 presentations can be saved at High Quality (1024 x 768, 30 frames per second); Medium Quality (640 x 480, 24 frames per sec); and Low Quality (320 X 240, 15 frames per second).

The WMV file format plays on many media players, such as Windows Media Player.

GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) .gif

A slide as a graphic for use on Web pages.

The GIF file format is limited to supporting 256 colors. Therefore, it is more effective for scanned images such as illustrations. GIF can also be good for line drawings, black and white images, and small text that is only several pixels high. GIF supports animation and transparent backgrounds.

JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) FileFormat .jpg

A slide as a graphic for use on Web pages.

The JPEG file format supports 16 million colors and is best suited for photographs and complex graphics.

PNG (Portable Network Graphics) Format .png

A slide as a graphic for use on Web pages.

PNG was approved as a standard by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (World Wide Web Consortium (W3C): A consortium of commercial and educational institutions that oversees research and promotes standards in all areas related to the World Wide Web.) to replace GIF. PNG does not support animation as GIF does, and some older browsers do not support this file format.

TIFF (Tag Image File Format) .tif

A slide as a graphic for use on Web pages.

TIFF is the best file format for storing bit-mapped images on personal computers. TIFF graphics can be any resolution, and they can be black and white, gray-scaled, or color.

Device Independent Bitmap .bmp

A slide as a graphic for use on Web pages.

A bitmap is a representation that consists of rows and columns of dots, of a graphics image in computer memory. The value of each dot (whether it is filled in or not) is stored in one or more bits of data.

Windows Metafile .wmf A slide as a 16-bit graphic (for use with Microsoft Windows 3.x and later).
Enhanced Windows Metafile .emf A slide as a 32-bit graphic (for use with Microsoft Windows 95 and later).
Outline/RTF .rtf A presentation outline as a text-only document tha provides smaller file sizes and the ability to share macro-free files with others who may not have the same version of PowerPoint or the operating system that you have. Any text in the notes pane is not saved with this file format.
PowerPoint Picture Presentation .pptx A PowerPoint 2010 or 2007 presentation where each slide has been converted into a picture. Saving a file as a PowerPoint Picture presentation will reduce the file size. However, some information will be lost.
OpenDocument Presentation .odp You can save PowerPoint 2010 files so they can be opened in presentation applications that use the OpenDocument Presentation format, such as Google Docs and OpenOffice.org Impress. You can also open presentations in the .odp format in PowerPoint 2010. Some information might be lost when saving and opening .odp files.

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2010