Fix Path or Filename is Invalid Error in PowerPoint File

“Hi, I am trying to open my PPT file which I had prepared with lot of efforts and unable to open it. I need it for giving a presentation at my organization. I have copied the same in my flash drive to carry, but it is also not responding and showing same error message as that of the copy on my computer. The error message reads, ‘the path or filename for c:\documents and settings\administrator\my documents\filename.pptx is invalid’. Please help me with any suggestions to get back access to my PowerPoint file. Thanks…”

Users post such queries in technical forums when they experience problems while opening their vital presentation files anticipating some helpful tips from users to resolve their issue. PowerPoint presentation files are very essential to make the seminar effective. You can include not only text in the Presentation file, but also other media files like images, animations, hyperlinks, tables, etc. Such PowerPoint file with lots of information may refuse to open displaying error message as in above scenario for any reason.

Causes for PowerPoint path or filename is invalid error:

  • You will get the error ‘path or filename is invalid‘when the filename consists of characters like <, >, /, \, ?, *, :, | or any other characters not supported in PowerPoint filename or extension. This can be fixed by removing the characters and making the filename and extension according to Windows and PowerPoint rule so that it can be read and opened
  • If the filename is proper or even after making changes in PPT filename and extension to correct it, the error message is getting displayed; then the file might have got corrupted. There are various reasons for PowerPoint file corruption. Some are as given below,
    • Usage of prior versions of MS Office PowerPoint suite to open the file
    • Improper closure of PowerPoint application
    • Interruption of PowerPoint presentation file transfer process
    • Implementing improper file conversion methods
    • Virus infection

Whatever may be the cause for PowerPoint file error, you can fix PowerPoint file using suitable software like Yodot PPT Repair to fix issues with presentation file.

PowerPoint filename is invalid error repair:

PowerPoint file error path or filename is invalid message can be fixed by using Yodot PPT Repair software successfully on your Windows computers. This utility scans PowerPoint file and recovers entire data from it like text, graphics, images, videos, animations, etc. This PowerPoint file repair program supports repairing PowerPoint files created using any of the MS Office PowerPoint versions like 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013. You can fix PPT, PPTX and PPS files using this application. It is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems.

Procedure to fix PowerPoint error path or filename is invalid:

  • Download Yodot PPT Repair software on your PC and install it
  • Run the utility and select PowerPoint file displaying the error message by browsing
  • Then click on “Repair” option to fix issues with presentation file
  • Software scans selected PowerPoint file and completes the process in few minutes
  • Select “Click Here to preview file” to view repaired presentation file
  • Click on “Save” option to save repaired PowerPoint file by giving a path for storing repaired PPT file


  • Use powerful antivirus software and keep updating it on your computer
  • Implement proper conversion software or technique to convert PPT file to any other format
  • Do not open any suspicious sites forcefully even after you have been warned by antivirus software