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Change a PowerPoint Show File to a Working PowerPoint Presentation

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Edit a PowerPoint Show File
change file extensions from PowerPoint show to PowerPoint presentation

Change PowerPoint file extension

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PowerPoint Shows

A PowerPoint show is the actual presentation that you view when you are a member of the audience. A PowerPoint presentation file is the working file in the creation stage.

When you receive a PowerPoint file, whether over the company network, or as an email attachment, you can tell from the file extension whether this is a show file or a presentation file. The show file (the end product) has a file extension of .ppsx (versions 2007 and 2010) or .pps (versions 2003 and earlier) on the end of the file name, such as myshow.ppsx (or myshow.pps) while the presentation file (the working file) has a file extension of .pptx (or .ppt) on the end of the file name, such as myshow.pptx (or myshow.ppt).

See Also - Show File Extensions on All Files on Your Computer

Sometimes, you want to make a few subtle changes to the finished product, but all you have received from your colleague is the myshow.ppsx file. When you double click on the file name, it opens up as a PowerPoint show. How do you edit it?

  1. Method One: Edit in PowerPoint
    • Open PowerPoint.
    • Choose File > Open and locate the myshow.ppsx (or myshow.pps) file on your computer.
    • Edit the presentation.
      • To continue editing at a later date, choose File > Save As... to save the file as a regular presentation file (.pptx or .ppt).
      • Or, choose File > Save to save it once again as a PowerPoint show.
  2. Method Two: Change the file extension of the PowerPoint show
    • Right click on the file name, and choose Rename from the shortcut menu.
    • Change the file extension from .ppsx to .pptx (or from .pps to .ppt)
    • Double click on the new filename and it will open in PowerPoint as a working presentation file.

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