- Jul 25, 2004
Okay, this is odd. I've got a powerpoint file that, I believe, was developed in Office 97. The file gives me an error when I try to open it:
When I click show help the text displayed is:PowerPoint can't open the file type of file represented by [filepath]filename.ppt.
This did work with Office 2003, and I did try the Office 2007 Converter Pack. I'm not good with PowerPoint and am not sure what the deal with 2007 is (the main culprit). I do not have this problem with any other file types, but all of these specific (there is a group of them) power point files. All other Office files work just fine. I've also tried these files on other computers of like configuration (Win XP, Office 2007) with the same exact error/results. Any direction would be appreciated.The selected file does not appear to be a valid Microsoft Office PowerPoint file. It might be another kind of Microsoft Office System file or a file created by using a different program.
Try double-clicking the file in Windows Explorer to see if another program will open it. If PowerPoint opens again when you double-click the file in Windows Explorer, it is possible that the file is not a PowerPoint file but that its extension was renamed to be that of a registered PowerPoint file type (such as .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx, .pptx, .pot, or .potx) but the file is not a PowerPoint file.
To determine which program can open the file, try any of the following:
Contact the original author (if known) to find out which program was used to create this file. Then rename the file with the correct extension so that it can be opened by that program.
Try opening the file in other programs.
If you, or someone you know, are very knowledgeable about software, examine the file header in a text editor to determine which program can read the file.
Another possibility is that the file was damaged during transfer from another computer. If the file was transmitted over a modem, try re-transmitting the file.
Lastly, the file might have become corrupted. If you have a backup copy of the file, use it. It is not currently possible to reverse file corruption.