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What is a PPS File?

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Question: What is a PPS File?

Did you find a PPS file on your computer and wonder what program should open it? Maybe someone emailed you a PPS file but you're not sure how to use it. Perhaps you tried to open the PPS file but Windows told you that it could not open it.

Before you can open a PPS file (assuming it's even a file format that's intended to be viewed or edited), you'll need to determine what kind of file the .PPS file extension refers to.

Answer: A file with the PPS file extension is a Microsoft PowerPoint 97-3003 Slide Show file.

Other types of files may also use the PPS file extension. If you know of any additional file formats that use the .PPS extension, please let me know so I can update this information.

How To Open a PPS File

The easiest way to open a PPS file is to double-click on it and let your PC decide which default application should open the file. If no program opens the PPS file then you probably don't have an application installed that can view and/or edit PPS files.

Warning: Take great care when opening executable file formats received via email or downloaded from websites you're not familiar with. See my List of Executable File Extensions for a listing of file extensions to avoid and why.

Most PPS files you'll find were probably created by Microsoft PowerPoint and can of course be opened with that program.

A number of free programs will also open PPS files, including Microsoft's own PowerPoint Viewer, OpenOffice Impress, and most other presentation software programs.

If you know anything else useful about PPS files, please let me know so I can update this page.

Tip: Use Notepad or another text editor to open the PPS file. Many files are text-only files meaning no matter the file extension, a text editor may be able to properly display the file's contents. This may or may not be the case with PPS files but it's worth a try.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the PPS file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open PPS files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert a PPS File

There are two main ways to attempt to convert a PPS file to another file type:

The first option involving opening the PPS file in its native program is preferable because it's both easier and will probably result in a more accurate file conversion. Of course if you don't have a program that opens PPS files, a third-party file conversion tool (the second option) could be very useful.

Important: You cannot usually change a file extension (like the PPS file extension) to one that your computer recognizes and expect the newly renamed file to be usable. An actual file format conversion using one of the methods described above must take place in most cases.

Still Having Problems Opening or Using a PPS File?

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the PPS file and I'll see what I can do to help.

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