Use PowerPoint to open or save a presentation in the OpenDocument Presentation (.odp) format

You can open and save files in the OpenDocument Presentation (.odp) file format that is used by some presentation applications, such as Apache OpenOffice Impress and LibreOffice Impress.

Open an OpenDocument Presentation file in PowerPoint

  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Click Open.

  3. To only see files saved in OpenDocument format, in the File of type list, click OpenDocument Presentation.

  4. Click the file you want to open, and then click Open.

    Tip: To open the file, you can also double-click it after you find it.

Note: When you open an OpenDocument Presentation file in PowerPoint, it might not have the same formatting as it did in the original application it was created in. This is because of the differences between applications that use the OpenDocument Format.

Save a PowerPoint presentation in the OpenDocument Presentation format

Important: If you want to keep a PowerPoint version of your file you must first save the file as a PowerPoint presentation, for example in the .pptx file format, and then save it again in the OpenDocument Presentation (.odp) format.

  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Click Save As.

  3. In the Save as type list, click OpenDocument Presentation.

  4. Name and save your file.

Learn more about the OpenDocument Format

When you open or save presentations in the OpenDocument Presentation (.odp) format, some formatting might be lost. This is because of the different features and options, such as formatting, that OpenDocument Presentation applications and PowerPoint support.

The table below shows which PowerPoint features are fully, partially, or not at all supported in the OpenDocument Presentation (.odp) format. For information about how to open and save files in the. odp file format, see Use PowerPoint to open or save a presentation in the OpenDocument Presentation (.odp) format.

  • Supported     Both PowerPoint and the OpenDocument Presentation format support this feature. Content, formatting, and usability won’t be lost.

  • Partially supported     Both PowerPoint and the OpenDocument Presentation format support this feature, but formatting and usability might be affected. No text or data is lost, but formatting and how you work with text or graphics might be different.

  • Not supported    This feature isn't supported in OpenDocument format. If you plan to save your presentation in an OpenDocument Format, don’t use these features.

Area

Subarea

PowerPoint Support

Animations

Entrance/Exit

animations

Partially supported

Animations that can't be supported by ODF are changed to an Appear or Disappear animation.

Animations

Color animations

Not supported

Animations

Scaling animations

Not supported

Blast, Flash bulb, Grow & Shrink, Vertical Height animations are not supported.

Animations

Animation delays

Supported

Animations

Animation timing

Supported

Animations

Text animations

Supported

Animations

Triggered animations

Supported

Animations

Animation

sounds

Not supported

Animations

Media animations

Supported

Animations

SmartArt

Not supported

Animations

Chart Parts

Partially supported

Animations on chart parts are converted to an animation on the whole chart.

Animations

OLE action

animations

Not supported

Animations

Master/Layout animations

Not supported

Transitions

Transitions

Partially supported

The following transitions are not supported: Blinds, Cut, Strips, Comb, and Newsflash.

Transitions

Transition Sounds

Not supported

Content Media (Movies/Sounds)

Trim and bookmark

Partially supported

Content

Embedding WAV files

Supported

Content

OLE

Supported

Content

ActiveX Controls

Not supported

Content

Tables

Partially supported

When you save a presentation with tables in it to the .odp format, the tables become images and can't be edited further.

Content

Headers/Footers

Partially supported

When you save a file with headers or footers in it in the .odp format, the headers and footers become text boxes.

Content

Date fields

Partially supported

All date types are included, but they might be converted to a default type by other ODF applications.

Content

Hide Shape

Supported

Content

Hide Slide

Supported

Macros, Programmability

Macros, OM, Programmability

Not supported

Presentation settings

Page size

Partially supported

Although the page size is saved with the presentation, the Page Size settings in the Page Setup dialog box is inaccurate. The dialog box tries to default to the default page size.

Presentation settings

Custom Shows

Supported

Presentation settings

Narrations, Timings

Supported

Presentation settings

Show Settings

Partially supported

Presentation settings

Print Settings

Not supported

Presentation settings

View Settings

Not supported

Collaboration

Comments

Not supported

Charts

Charts

Partially supported

Presentation Design

Masters

Partially supported

Theme information is lost and placed onto the masters/layouts. Fonts, colors, and effects on new shapes are no longer inherited.

When you open the presentation after saving the presentation in .odp format, the default theme is used, but should not cause any changes in the presentation. However, it does cause all future edits to be done as if that default theme was applied.

Presentation Design

Layouts

Partially supported

Layouts are treated similar to masters when opened in other ODF applications.

Presentation Design

Placeholders

Partially supported

Theme information is lost from placeholders.

Presentation Design

Notes

Supported

Presentation Design

Notes Masters

Supported

Presentation Design

Handout Masters

Supported

Encryption

Encryption

Not supported

Protection

Protection

Not supported

Text

International text formatting

Partially supported

Unsupported features include:

  • Kinsoku

  • Vertical text rotation (270, stacked)

  • East Asian line-breaking

  • Kumimoji

  • Some international numbering systems are mapped to bullets or Western numbering

  • Distributed alignment

Text

Alignment

Partially supported

Distributed alignment is not supported.

Some visual differences might be seen in the alignment, anchoring, or wrapping of the text in other ODF applications.

Text

Columns

Not supported

Text

Text rotation

Partially supported

270-rotation and stacked text are not supported.

Text

Hyperlinks

Partially supported

Regular hyperlinks are supported, but on-hover hyperlinks are not supported.

Text

Lists

Supported

Other ODF applications might change the numbering/bulleting or not support it all together.

Text

Basic formatting

Supported

Italics, bold, underline, and strikethrough are all supported in ODF applications.

Different fonts or sizes are supported.

Text

Advanced formatting/graphic effects

Partially supported

Unsupported features include:

  • Picture filled, gradient filled, pattern filled, or empty filled text.

  • Some outer shadow effects on text.

  • Text with picture, gradient, pattern, or empty filled outlines.

  • Text can't have outlines different from the fill color.

Text

Autofit

Not supported

Text

Overflow

Supported

Overflow might be seen differently in different ODF applications.

The table below shows which PowerPoint graphics features are supported, partially supported, or not supported in the OpenDocument Format (.odp).

Basic shapes

PowerPoint Support

Shapes

Supported

Text boxes

Supported

Objects inside text boxes are dropped when you open an OpenDocument file.

WordArt

Partially supported

ODF does not support WordArt options. Text and base text color are kept, but WordArt effects and formatting are lost.

3D shapes options

Not supported

Pictures

Supported

Supported except for the insert and link option which are not supported by ODF.

SmartArt diagrams

Supported

Converted to a group of shapes.

ActiveX controls

Not supported

Objects in charts

Supported

Converted to a group containing the chart and objects.

Ink annotation

Supported

The ink annotation is converted to an Enhanced Metafile (EMF) image.

Group of objects

Supported

Object visibility

Supported

Object borders

Supported

Not all border styles are supported. Unsupported styles are saved as the default border style (black, solid line).

Object fills

Supported

Supported except for slide background fill.

Gradient fills with more than two stops lose all stops after the first two.

Line formatting

Supported

Not all line and line end styles are supported in ODF. Styles that are not supported are saved as the default, black solid line and open arrow type, respectively.

Picture cropping

Supported

Cropping a picture with a shape is not supported.

Picture recoloring

Partially supported

Some picture recoloring has the equivalent in ODF, such as black and white. Other picture recoloring does not have an equivalent and is flattened. The picture appears the same but the recoloring can no longer be modified.

3D picture options

Not supported

Picture styles

Partially supported

Borders are partially supported, but they might not look the same.

Themes

Not supported

Hyperlink on shape

Not supported

Tips

  • Before sending a file to someone else, you might want to close the file and open it again to see what it looks like in OpenDocument Presentation (.odp) format.

  • To keep advanced object formatting that is not supported in the OpenDocument Presentation format, convert the object to a picture.

  • When you work with tables, complete the table before closing PowerPoint. Tables are converted to images when you close PowerPoint and cannot be subsequently edited.

  • Avoid using emphasis animations (that is, animations that are not entrance or exit animations) that involve color change or scaling because those parts of animations are lost when you save the presentation in the .odp file format.

See Also

Edit OpenDocument .odp and PowerPoint .pptx files in PowerPoint for the web

Save your presentation in a different file format

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