Tech – for Everyone

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

Open .ppt Slideshows With Free Viewer*

I was reminded of this “quick tip” topic article today, when I got a call for help and I was told that the caller “suddenly couldn’t open pictures in an e-mail they had received”. As I suspected, the “pictures” were not your usual picture files, but a .ppt file — a PowerPoint Presentation (aka “slideshow”).

Normally, opening attachments 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 did not have Office installed — instead open a picture, they saw “Windows cannot open this file:”

You may have seen a window like this in your computer user 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 without purchasing and installing Microsoft Office.

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.

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November 17, 2009 - Posted by | advice, computers, file system, free software, how to, PC, software, tech, troubleshooting | , , , , ,


  1. Could not find a suitable section so I written here, how to become a moderator for your forum, that need for this?


    Comment by Annuankminymn | November 27, 2009 | Reply

    • Annuankminymn,
      I appreciate your wanting to support Tech – for Everyone… but this is not a forum. This is my personal weblog.

      You are quite welcome to leave comments on my postings though.


      Comment by techpaul | November 28, 2009 | Reply

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