How to View a PowerPoint on a Mac

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If you don't have Microsoft Office for Mac installed on your Apple computer, trying to view a Microsoft PowerPoint file on your computer can be frustrating. Fortunately, Apple's iWork '09 suite features Keynote, which can open and view PowerPoint files created by Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010. If you have neither Keynote nor Office for Mac, you can download the Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter to change your .PPTX file into a .PPT file. PowerPoint .PPT files can be viewed by older versions of MS Office for Mac and iWork, and they can also be opened with free office suites such as OpenOffice.org.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple iWork '09 or later
  • Active Internet Connection

Viewing PowerPoint with Keynote

  • Run Keynote by clicking the Keynote icon on your Application Dock or by opening a Finder window, selecting Applications and opening Keynote from the "iWork" folder.

  • Select "File" and then "Open."

  • Navigate to the location of your PowerPoint file. Select the file and click "Open" to load it into Keynote.

Converting a PowerPoint .PPTX file to a .PPT file

  • Download and install the Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter to your computer.

  • Run the File Format Converter.

  • Drag the PPTX file into the File Format Converter window.

  • Click the "Convert One File" button to convert the file.

  • Open the .PPT file with an older version of Microsoft Office for Mac or iWork. Alternately, download and install OpenOffice.org for Mac and open your new .PPT file with OpenOffice.org

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