Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

View PowerPoint presentations without Office

I was reminded of this “quick tip” topic while I was doing research for an upcoming Tech–for Everyone article, and the information I wanted to read was contained in a PowerPoint slideshow (aka “presentation”) archive, available online.. a “.ppt” file.

Normally, this is no problem: you click on the “view” hyperlink; are asked if you want to “Open” or “Save” the file (since all I wanted to do was read it, I chose “open”). Here is where I was reminded that the machine I was surfing on was new and did not have Office installed — “Windows cannot open this file:”

You may have seen a window like this in your computer career…

error.JPG(My article on what to do to resolve this can be read here.)

Fortunately, a quick visit to the Microsoft Download Center is all that’s required to enable my machine to view PowerPoint Presentations (and cool slides of airshows).

Tip of the day/Today’s free link: If you are not using the Microsoft Office suite of programs, download and install the free PowerPoint Viewer 2007.

Copyright 2007-8 © Tech Paul. All rights reserved.jaanix post to jaanix

Share this post :

June 30, 2008 - Posted by | advice, computers, how to, PC, tech, troubleshooting, Windows | , , , , , , , , , , ,

9 Comments »

  1. […] hand2mouth wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptI was reminded of this “quick tip” topic while I was doing research for an upcoming Tech–for Everyone article, and the information I wanted to read was contained in a PowerPoint slideshow (aka “presentation”) archive, available online.. a “.ppt” file. Normally, this is no problem: you click on the “view” hyperlink; are asked if you want to “Open” or “Save” the file (since all I wanted to do was read it, I chose “open”). Here is where I was reminded that the machine I was surfing on was new and did not have Office installed — “Windows cannot open this file:” You may have seen a window like this in your computer career… (My article on what to do to resolve this can be read here.) Fortunately, a quick visit to the Microsoft Download Center is all that’s required to enable my machine to view PowerPoint Presentations (and cool slides of airshows). Tip of the […] […]

    Like

    Pingback by View PowerPoint presentations without Office | June 30, 2008 | Reply

  2. […] Go to the author’s original blog: View PowerPoint presentations without Office […]

    Like

    Pingback by View PowerPoint presentations without Office | June 30, 2008 | Reply

  3. just get a mac

    Like

    Comment by Anonymous | August 9, 2008 | Reply

  4. Ah! My first iPerson has left the first iInanity!
    I’m in the Big Time now.

    Macs don’t have an innate ability to open PowerPoint slideshows either.

    Like

    Comment by techpaul | August 9, 2008 | Reply

  5. why does’ntthis computer have powerpoint on it??????

    Like

    Comment by Anonymous | February 6, 2010 | Reply

  6. why does’ntthis computer have powerpoint on it?

    Like

    Comment by Anonymous | February 6, 2010 | Reply

    • Sir or Ms,
      PowerPoint is a program in the Microsoft suite of productivity software called Office, which retails for about $150. Most new computers these days come with a 90 day trial of Office, but if you want it, you must purchase a license.

      For those people who choose not to buy Office, Microsoft has made available the free PowerPoint viewer.. as this article describes.

      Like

      Comment by techpaul | February 7, 2010 | Reply

  7. ohblk

    Like

    Comment by jaycee | February 17, 2010 | Reply

    • jaycee,
      Huh?
      I can’t even find that in the urban dictionary…

      Like

      Comment by techpaul | February 17, 2010 | Reply


Post your Comment/Question

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: