What is ‘PowerPoint can’t open this type of file’ error in Windows 10?
If you are facing ‘PowerPoint can’t open this type of file’ error while trying to open PowerPoint (.pptx) file in your Windows 10 computer, then you are in right place for the solution. Here, you will be guided with easy steps/methods to resolve the error. Let’s starts the discussion.
‘PowerPoint’: Microsoft PowerPoint is presentation software part of Microsoft Office Suite. PowerPoint was originally designed to provide visuals for group presentations within business organizations, but has come to be very widely used in many other communication situations, both busyness and beyond.
After PPT file is created using MS PowerPoint, typical operation is to present it as Slide Show using portable computer, where the presentation file is stored on the computer or available from network, and computer’s screen shows ‘Presenter View’ with current slide, next slide, and speaker’s notes for current slide and other information.
However, several users or Microsoft PowerPoint users reported that they faced ‘PowerPoint can’t open this type of file’ error while they tried to open PowerPoint (PPT) file on their Windows 10 computer. This error indicates that you are unable to open PowerPoint (PPT) files in your computer for some reasons.
The error states this presentation can’t be opened. The possible reasons behind this error can be the PowerPoint application versions conflict issue where you created presentations, abrupt termination of Microsoft PowerPoint application when PPT file is still in use, trying to opened password-protected PowerPoint file in earlier version of PowerPoint application and the disabled service pack 3 for MS Office.
‘PowerPoint can’t open this type of file’ error can be occurred if you are trying to open PowerPoint files created in MS PowerPoint version 2002 or later in the earlier version of PowerPoint. Also, if you are trying to open password-protected PowerPoint 2002/2003/2007 file in earlier version of PowerPoint or PowerPoint Viewer. Let’s go for the solution.
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How to fix PowerPoint can’t open this type of file error in Windows 10?
Method 1: Fix ‘PowerPoint can’t open this type of file’ error with ‘PC Repair Tool’
If you are facing this issue due to some issue in your Windows computer, then you can fix the issue with ‘PC Repair Tool’. This software offers you to find and fix BSOD errors, DLL errors, EXE errors, problems with programs/applications, malware or viruses issues, system files or registry issues, and other system issues with just few clicks. You can get this tool through button/link below.
Method 2: Create a new PPT file in problematic file location
If you are trying to access PPT file from potentially unsafe location, you can create new PPT file there and try access the problematic one.
Step 1: Open ‘MS Power PowerPoint’ application in Windows 10 via Windows Search Box
Step 2: In the opened PowerPoint window, click on ‘File > New > Blank Presentation’
Step 3: After that, click ‘File’ menu again and click ‘Save As’ option to open ‘Save As’ location
Step 4: Navigate to the folder/location where the problematic PPT file is saved, choose any desired name of this new presentation and click ‘Save’ button to save the file and close PowerPoint window
Step 5: Now, go to the location where the problematic PPT file is saved and try accessing the file and check if the error is resolved.
Method 3: Unblock the PPT File
This error can also be occurred if the PPT file you are trying to open, is blocked in your Windows computer. You can unblock the PPT file in order to fix the issue.
Step 1: Find and right-click on PPT file that is causing error, and select ‘Properties’
Step 2: In ‘Properties’ window, under ‘General’ tab, check ‘Unblock’ checkbox to unblock the PPT file and hit ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’ button to save the changes
Step 3: Once done, retry opening PPT file and check if the issue is resolved.
Method 4: Disable ‘Protected View Settings’ in PowerPoint
One possible way to fix the issue is to disable ‘Protected View Settings’ in PowerPoint application
Step 1: Open ‘MS PowerPoint’ application in Windows 10 via Windows Search Box
Step 2: In the opened window, click on ‘File > Options’ to open ‘PowerPoint Options’ window
Step 3: In ‘PowerPoint Options’ window, click on ‘Trusted-Center’ in left pane and click on ‘Trusted Center Settings…’ in right pane to modify it
Step 4: In the opened ‘Trusted Center’ window, in left pane, click on ‘Protected View’, and deselect ‘Enable Protected View for files originating from the internet’ checkbox. Similarly, deselect other two options “Enable Protected View for files located in potentially unsafe locations” and “Enable Protected View for Outlook attachments” and then hit ‘OK’ button
Step 5: Finally, click on ‘Ok’ button on ‘PowerPoint Options’ window to save the changes and close ‘PowerPoint’ window. Once done, retry accessing PPT file that was given error, and check if the error is resolved.
Method 5: Fix ‘PowerPoint can’t open this type of file’ error in PowerPoint 2010
Step 1: Open ‘PowerPoint’ file in PowerPoint 2010 in your Windows 10 computer and enter password if the file is password protected and hit ‘Ok’.
Step 2: Now, click on ‘File > Info > Protect Presentation’ and choose ‘Encrypted with password’
Step 3: In the opened ‘Encrypt Document’ wizard, delete all texts of ‘Password’ section and hit ‘Ok’ button to save the changes. Once done, retry accessing the PPT file and check if the issue is resolved.
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