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Office Software Thread, Powerpoint.ppt won't play in Technical; The file says it's a 97-2003 Powerpoint file but neither 2003 nor 2007 will open it. The icon is a ...
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    Powerpoint.ppt won't play

    The file says it's a 97-2003 Powerpoint file but neither 2003 nor 2007 will open it. The icon is a Powerpoint one but on a piece of paper - this suggests to me that it's a conversion of some kind. Anyone got any bright ideas as to how to open it, please?

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    Do you have the Compatibility Pack for 2007? You could try OpenOffice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmeunit View Post
    Do you have the Compatibility Pack for 2007? You could try OpenOffice.
    Yes Compatibility pack installed. I've tried PowerPoint viewer but get ".... this is not a PowerPoint file." I'm wondering if it's a Mac version. Do they present themselves on a PC or would it be an unknown file? Will have a go at Open Office. Thanks.

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    PPT

    What is the actual extension of the file? Maybe it got associated with it somehow, so it's showing the wrong icon.

    I'm not at all familiar with Macs so I can't say on that.

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    File extension is .ppt - tried changing it to a variety of others with the same result - won't open. The child who brought it in said it was PowerPoint as well. Not that that's proof positive but they should have known what kind of stuff they'd done at least.

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    No joy with Open Office - just sits there doing nothing. Ah well I tried.

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    Most of our kids called every word processor "Word", so there's no telling. They usually are using Works, but no presentation software in Works that I know of. Good luck.

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    I've had problems with a .ppt before, but can't remember the icon being different. Anyway, we run XP and MS Office 2003, with the compatibility pack installed, but this .ppt wouldn't run at all. From an official DVD from a maths training course, so not from a pupil. All the others worked and this one wouldn't. After looking around on the web a bit, I downloaded and installed Office SP3 and it worked fine. But then you're prob nicely up to date with all that, whereas we weren't .

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    Yep you're right all SP3. I've asked that the file be saved again. Have another go next week when I'm back in school.

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