The File Extensions Database

.PPT File Extension

  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: Data Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .PPT file?

.PPT is PowerPoint Presentation

A PPT file is an editable slide show created by Microsoft PowerPoint or another presentation program, such as OpenOffice Impress or Apple Keynote. It may include formatted text, bullet points, images, movies, sound effects, and music. PPT files are commonly built from one of many templates included with the PowerPoint software, but may also be created from scratch.

PPT file open in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

PPT files are used for creating presentations in the home and business environments. The PPT file was introduced in 1987 with the release of PowerPoint. It was saved in a binary file format and was the primary file type used to save PowerPoint presentations until it was replaced in PowerPoint 2007 with the .PPTX file extension, which is saved in the OpenXML format. Although the PPT file was replaced by the PPTX file it is still supported by PowerPoint.

You most likely will see the PPTX file more often than the PPT file. However, some users with older versions of PowerPoint may still save their presentations as PPT files. You may receive them via email, USB device, or cloud storage download. You can use PowerPoint to open the file or choose from a variety of other programs, including the OpenOffice and Core Presentations.

Common PPT Filenames

Presentation1.ppt - The default filename Microsoft PowerPoint gives to new presentations prior to PowerPoint 2007, which now uses Presentation1.pptx.

Programs that open PowerPoint Presentation
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
Nuance OmniPage Ultimate
ACD Systems Canvas X 2019
Corel Presentations X9
SoftMaker Office
Apache OpenOffice
Kingsoft Presentation
Ability Office
Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
Apple Preview
Apple Keynote
Apache OpenOffice
Google Drive
Apache OpenOffice
Microsoft PowerPoint
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro
Google Drive
Infraware Polaris Office
Microsoft PowerPoint
SoftMaker Office: Presentations Mobile
Kingsoft WPS Office for Android
Google Drive
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro
Google Drive

How to solve problems with PPT files

  • Associate the PPT file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any PPT file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.PPT files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the PPT file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .PPT is PowerPoint Presentation. Because only the current version supports the latest PPT file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Microsoft manufacturer website after an available .PPT is PowerPoint Presentation update.
  • To make sure that your PPT file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.