PPT File Type

- The quick facts

What are PPT files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a PPT file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a PPT file?

The .ppt file extension is most commonly used by Microsoft PowerPoint and is given to files that have been created within that application. PowerPoint is a presentation design software distributed by Microsoft. It allows users to create slide shows that may consist of images, text, video and audio.

While PowerPoint is commonly used to create business presentations, many individuals also use the software to create slide shows that contain personal photographs, songs and messages. These PPT files are often shared by email.

The .ppt extension is created by versions of PowerPoint that were developed prior to the 2007 edition of the software. Later versions of PowerPoint use the .pptx extension rather than the .ppt extension used by earlier editions of the software.

How to open PPT files

Important: Different programs may use files with the PPT file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your PPT file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different PPT openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: December 15, 2021

Suggest another file format using extension PPT

While we know of one file format using the .PPT file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .PPT file.

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of PPT files. Remember, different programs may use PPT files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
Microsoft PowerPointMicrosoft PowerPointUser submitted
Kingsoft OfficeKingsoft OfficeUser submitted
Hancom Office HanshowHancom Office HanshowUser submitted
PresentationsPresentationsUser submitted
OpenOffice.org ImpressOpenOffice.org ImpressUser submitted
WPS OfficeWPS OfficeUser submitted
SoftMaker PresentationsSoftMaker PresentationsUser submitted
StarOffice ImpressStarOffice ImpressUser submitted
Microsoft PowerPoint ViewerMicrosoft PowerPoint ViewerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PPT-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with PPT-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!