The boss sent you a very important file by e-mail to use during the scheduled meeting in a few days. The problem, however, is that the aforementioned document ends with the PPT extension : a file format that you have never seen before and that, consequently, you are unable to manage. How do you say? How to open PPT File. Do you already foresee a great grooming because you still haven’t managed to find a solution to the problem? Don’t worry, I’m here to help you out!
To begin with, let me explain exactly what it is: PPT files contain PowerPoint presentations generated through old versions of the Microsoft program, or saved in this format for compatibility reasons. So, as it is easy to imagine, this type of file can be easily opened using the PowerPoint software, included in the Microsoft Office productivity suite.
However, you should know that PowerPoint is not the only program able to cope with the situation: in fact, other software exists, both for PC and for smartphones and tablets, capable of effectively managing this type of file. During this tutorial I will tell you how to open PPT files both via PowerPoint for PC, smartphone and tablet, and through other ad hoc programs and apps. Don’t worry, it’s not difficult at all: give me a few minutes of your time and I’ll show you!
How to open PPT files with PowerPoint
The files with the PPT extension. As I already mentioned in the introductory lines of this guide. Identify the PowerPoint presentations generated with an older version of the program. Saved in this format for compatibility reasons. These files can however be opened with the latest versions of PowerPoint for PC and Mac. As well as with the official PowerPoint app for smartphones and tablets: below I will explain everything in detail.
PC e Mac
PowerPoint software, available for both Windows and macOS. Its distributed by Microsoft and included in the Office productivity suite. At present, the most convenient (and cheapest) way to download it is to sign up for an Office 365 subscription: the prices for this service start at $7 / month, however you can try it for free for 30 days.
In order to obtain Office, and therefore PowerPoint, in this way, connected to the suite’s website. Click on the button Try for free for 1 month and log in using the credentials of your Microsoft account. If you don’t have it, proceed to create it by following the instructions that I have given you in this tutorial.
Once logged in, click on the Next button. Enter a valid payment method to proceed with the download of the package, choosing between credit or debit card. Direct debit and PayPal and follow the instructions on the screen to complete the insert the necessary information. If you have chosen to subscribe by credit / debit card, you must indicate the number, expiry date and CVV / CVV2 code. For PayPal, however, you must log in to your account and authorize Microsoft to automatically withdraw funds.
Note that you will not be charged for the first 30 days of the service. If, at the end of the trial period, you do not want to keep the subscription active. You will have to cancel its automatic renewal at least 24 hours before the promotion expires (you can do it from this page).
Once the payment configuration phase is complete. Click on the Subscribe button , to activate the free trial of Office 365 Home. If everything went in the right direction. You should view the subscription management page. Containing the valid link for the Office download: from there. Click on the Install Office item and then on the Install button. To start the download of the package d program installation.
Once the download is complete, start the file obtained and. iIf you use Windows , wait for the installation procedure to end automatically. If, on the other hand. You use macOS , authorize the installation of the program by clicking on the Continue button twice consecutively, then on Accept and Install. Then enter the Mac administration password and click on the Install software button.
If your computer is equipped with Windows 10 or macOS. Know that you can also install only PowerPoint, without “going through” the entire Office suite. In the first case, you can get the software from the Microsoft Store. At a one-time price of 135 € . In the second case, however, you can download the program for free from the Mac App Store and activate it later by subscribing to a subscription to Office 365 ( more info here ).
For more information on how to download and install Office and PowerPoint. I refer you to reading the specific tutorial I dedicated to the topic.
However, once the installation of Office / PowerPoint is complete. Start the program in question by calling it from the Windows Start menu or from the macOS Launchpad and use the screen that is proposed to you to log in to the Microsoft account (the one through which you activated your Office 365 license), if necessary.
Now, from the initial screen of the program. Click on the item Open other presentations files (on the left). Click on the item This PC , then on the Browse button. Using the panel that is proposed to you. Select the PPT file that interests you. to open. On Mac , however, you can access the file selection screen by clicking on the Open button and double-clicking on the My Mac icon. Attached to the next screen.
Alternatively, you can quickly open the file of your interest by right-clicking on its icon and selecting the items Open with> Microsoft PowerPoint from the menu that is proposed to you.
Smartphone e tablet
If you prefer to act as a smartphone or tablet , you can take advantage of the official PowerPoint app, available on both Android and iOS : it is free for all devices with a diagonal screen lower than 10.1 “(if used for non-professional purposes, otherwise you must subscribe to a subscription to Office 365, with a starting price of € 7 / month).
To be able to use this app, you must necessarily have a Microsoft account; if you don’t have it, you can create it for free and in a few minutes, following the instructions I have given you in this tutorial .
However, once you download the PowerPoint app for Android or iOS, using it is very simple: swipe to skip the first-time tutorial, tap the Login button and enter your Microsoft account credentials.
Then, touch the Maybe later item , to avoid signing up for Office 365 and. When you reach the main PowerPoint screen. Tap first on the Open tab (bottom right) and then on the Browse item to select the PPT file to be viewed from the device.
Alternatively, you can also open the file in question from within the operating system itself: locate its preview inside the app through which you received it, tap on it. If you are on Android , select the entry related to PowerPoint from the panel that is proposed to you (in some cases, this step is superfluous. As the presentation is automatically opened with PowerPoint).
If, on the other hand, you are using an iPhone or iPad. You must press the share button and select the Open in PowerPoint item from the panel displayed below.
However, immediately afterwards, you should see a warning regarding the need to convert the file via online service. This is a necessary operation to be able to view and modify the content of the PPT file in question.
So, to proceed and open in read-only files. Answer affirmatively to the message that appears on the screen (by pressing the Allow button) and you’re done. In order to make changes to the file. Touch the banner that appears at the top (the one marked with the word Read only) and tap the Save a copy button In order to save an editable copy of the file.
- Google presentations ( Android / iOS ) – as the name implies, it is the presentation creation and management tool combined with Google Drive. It is fully compatible with PPT files, but requires a Google Account to function.
- OfficeSuite ( Android / iOS ) – it is an app dedicated to the management of documents of various types, including PPT files. It can be used free of charge for viewing files only; to be able to modify them, however, it is necessary to purchase a series of additional packages.
- Docs Viewer ( Android ) – is an app designed to display, in a very simple way, a wide range of documents, including PPT files.
- Readdle Documents ( iOS ) – also in this case, it is an app designed for viewing files with various extensions, including PPT documents.
How to open PPT File Online
Did you not find the information I provided during this tutorial useful. Since you do not have the possibility to install any software on the device you have? Then let me tell you a couple of solutions suitable for your case. Accessible via browser and without having to install anything else. PowerPoint Online , Microsoft’s official online solution, and Google Presentations. The online service for creating and editing presentations provided with Google Drive.
In order to use the free PowerPoint Online service. You must necessarily have a Microsoft account with which you can access it. If you don’t already have it. You can create it for free by following the instructions I have given you in this guide .
Now, connected to the PowerPoint online website. Enter the email associated with the Microsoft account you have (or that you previously created). Click on the Next button, enter the password in the appropriate field and. Finally, click on the button Log in.
Once logged in, you should immediately access the screen dedicated to creating a new document: when this happens, click the Upload a presentation button. Located at the top right and choose the PPT file of your interest using the Explorer panel / Finder that is proposed to you.
When you’re done, click the Open button to upload a copy of the presentation to OneDrive and view it in PowerPoint online.
If you wish, you can edit the PPT file using the tools available on the web page. The changes made in this way will be immediately saved on OneDrive, but not on the “original” file residing on the disk; you can download a copy of the modified file by going to the File> Download as> Download copy section .
Another good service to open PPT files online is Google Presentations , the tool integrated in Google Drive for managing presentations. In order to use it, you need to have a Google Account. If you have not yet created one. You can do it by following the instructions that I have provided you in this tutorial .
Using Google Slides is really simple. First of all, connected to this website. Click on the Go to Google Slides button and, using the form that is proposed to you. Log in to your Gmail account.
Now, click on the Empty button to create a new presentation and. Having reached the next screen. Click on the File menu and select the Open item located inside it. At this point, click on the Upload tab attached to the panel that will open. Press the Select a file from device button. Using the File Explorer / Finder box that is proposed to you. Select the PPT file of your interest. So to upload it to Google Drive.
The game is practically done: if everything went in the right direction. You should be able to view the PPT file of your interest. To start the presentation. Click on the appropriate button, located at the top right.
Again, any changes made will be saved to Google Drive; to download a copy of the modified file (in PPTX format), you need to go to the menu File> Download> Microsoft PowerPoint .