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PowerPoint has encountered errors and can't open this file. Try opening another copy of the file. For example, if the file was sent to you in an e-mail message, have the person who sent the message send it again, and then try to open the file again. If you opened the file from a disk, try to open another copy of the file on a new disk.

The problem may be a file-format issue, or it may be a file-corruption issue that requires repair.

PowerPoint can't open the type of file represented by ...

PowerPoint 2007 and later versions are unable to open a presentation that has been saved as a PowerPoint 95 file. To fix this problem, you need to change the underlying format of the PowerPoint 95 file:

  1. Open the file in PowerPoint 2003, 2002, 2000, or 97.

  2. Choose File > Save As.

    (Don't simply choose Save. Use Save As, because the file must be saved in a different format.)

  3. In the Save as type box, choose Presentation (*.ppt). Then select Save.

Now that the file is in .ppt format, you can open it in PowerPoint 2007 or a newer version.

"PowerPoint could not open the file", or "No text converter"

If you get a message that says, "PowerPoint could not open the file" or "No text converter", you probably have a file-corruption problem. See Open a document after a file corruption for the repair steps.

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See Also

Convert a presentation from a previous PowerPoint version to PowerPoint 2013 or later

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