How to open a pptx file?

| December 3, 2007 | 20 Comments

Open a Power point 2007 file using a Microsoft Office Powerpoint 2003 software


I just received a .pptx (Microsoft Office Power point 2007) file from a colleague here at work, but i don’t seem to be able to open it with Office 2003. Any clues on how i can open a pptx file with powerpoint 2003?


In my opinion, the easiest way to solve this problem is to install the Office 2007 compatibility pack available from Microsoft. This handy utility allows you to open and edit Office 2007 documents (docx, xlsx and pptx) using previous versions of Microsoft office (2000 and newer). Oh, and there is a bonus… after installing the Compatibility pack, you’ll also install the new Vista fonts for Windows XP, which became my favorites since i installed them.

If you are looking for a one-time conversion of pptx (or other Office 2007 files), don’t run Microsoft Office, or can’t install any software on your PC, you might want to look into, a free online file conversion service.

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  1. Athar Anis says:

    Hi there… a simple website but a great great work…. keep it up… thanks

  2. Abedelaziz Mohaisen says:

    I have installed the update from microsoft’s website but i receive error message: no text converter is….. any possible solution?


  3. Abid says:

    Hi there… this is a very usefull website.i found it very can slove our problam very esely…thanks

  4. domanic says:

    I want open file *.pptx

  5. pawel k says:

    go on your powerpoint 2007 and save the file instead of extension .pptx change to .ppt and the .ppt file should work on powerpoint 2003 (100 % sure , had the same problem)

  6. Student says:

    Thank You SO SO much…handy information

  7. senthil.. says:

    yeah mate.. was looking for this.. good post.. thanks..

  8. Mitz says:

    Thanks for this info! Nice site :)

  9. red goomba says:

    thank you very much! It’s my first time on this website, very simple, very useful. 😀

  10. Alex Ivanovski says:

    I have a pptx file and put a password on it long time ago and now I cant remember the password… any ideas

  11. Michael Clarke says:

    Just use OpenOffice…’s free and therefore isn’t trying to force people to buy new versions.

  12. Ajay says:

    Thanks a lot for the information. This information is very useful :)

  13. Alban says:

    i am using office 2010 and i have an *.ptx (presentation) surley i can save like *.ppt but effects changed and i want to use office 2010 effetcs
    how can save this file and not lossing office 2010 effects???
    anybody hel me cause i need it so much!

  14. Anonymous says:

    thx for this useful information

  15. Durgis says:

    Just to add to this blog post: a free pptx viewer / converter can be downloaded from Microsoft at

    This tool can be used to open a powerpoint 2007 file even if microsoft office 2007 or 2010 are not installed on your PC.

  16. Yerb says:

    What about a free powerpoint convertor for Linux? Does anyone have any ideas?

  17. Dustin says:

    Can you explain how to open a pptx file on a MAC? Please are telling me that Office 2008 is the way to go. Do you agree?

  18. Resio says:

    what about a ppt to pptx conversion on MAC – Any ideas?

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