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Options to Change PowerPoint 2010 File Type - Part 1
Eight different PowerPoint 2010 file type options

Eight different PowerPoint 2010 file type options

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PowerPoint File Type Options

PowerPoint offers many of the most common saving options here in this quick list. These options are broken into three separate categories - Presentation File Types, Image File Types and Other File Types:

Option 1 - Presentation File Types

  • Presentation (*.pptx)
    This is the standard format for any PowerPoint 2010 presentation.

  • OpenDocument Presentation (*.odp)
    This is the format used by OpenOffice.org for their presentation software program OpenOffice Impress. OpenOffice Impress is available for free. PowerPoint presentations can be saved in this format to be opened in OpenOffice Impress. Likewise, OpenOffice Impress presentations can be saved in a format to be used in PowerPoint.

  • PowerPoint Show (*.ppsx)
    Saving in this format changes the presentation file (the working file) to a show file format (the end result). Once saved in this file type, double clicking on the file icon will open the file automatically as a PowerPoint show.

  • PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation (*.ppt)
    Changing your presentation to this file type will allow the viewer to open your presentation if they do not have PowerPoint 2010. It should be noted though, that any features that were not available in those earlier versions, (such as specific slide transitions or animations) will not be available to the viewer.

  • Template (*.potx)
    A PowerPoint template is a starting place to begin your presentation. If you have made many style changes to your slides (such as background color or used a design theme with modifications) and would like to create future presentations with the same look and feel, then save this presentation using Template as the PowerPoint file type.

  • PowerPoint Picture Presentation (*.pptx)
    Saving using this PowerPoint file type will create each slide as a picture, but the pictures will remain in the presentation and not saved separately. Each slide will now be a picture snapshot of the original slide and will no longer be editable. This can be an important consideration if you need to make sure that your presentation cannot be changed by another person.

Next - Option 2 - PowerPoint Image File Types

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