Fix When Office 2013 Will Not Open Older PowerPoint Files

“Hi, I have a PowerPoint file that was developed in Office 2003. I have saved it safely on D drive, as it is my important presentation file. Now the file is giving me an error when I try to open it in PowerPoint 2013; the error stated, "PowerPoint can't open the file type of file represented by filename.ppt. The selected file does not appear to be a valid MS PowerPoint file. Try opening the file in other programs. Another possibility is that the file was damaged during transfer or the file might be corrupted. It is not currently possible to reverse file corruption”. I don’t have any problems with other PPT files, but facing issue only with this old presentation files. I don’t have much knowledge on PowerPoint, so I am looking for help. Any useful suggestion would be appreciated.”

We carefully save our vital presentation files on hard drives as well as external storage devices because we know we might need them somewhere in future. We may feel sad and irritated if we face any errors which prevent us from accessing PPT files; that too the most vulnerable message to see is your file is corrupted and cannot be opened.

But before concluding that your PowerPoint file is corrupted, ensure the compatibility of PowerPoint application.

To run the Compatibility Checker in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013: open PowerPoint application > click File > go to Info > click drop down to Check for issues > choose Check Compatibility (Ensure the check box of Check compatibility when saving in PowerPoint 97-2003 formats is checked) > Now save the document and check if the issue occurs again

Try to open your old PowerPoint files on other computers as well as on other versions of PowerPoint application, also try to open PPT files of other versions (other than the version of PPT file in which you are facing issue) in 2013 PowerPoint application. Even after trying all above techniques, if you face the same issue specifically with those old PowerPoint files and not with any other PPT files; then those old presentation files might be corrupted and you must seek the help of reliable and trustworthy PowerPoint file repair utility to fix the issues.

Endorsed tool to open older PowerPoint files in 2013:

If you are thinking, how to open corrupted older PowerPoint file in Office 2013 then Yodot PPT Repair is an excellent choice. This software has ability to fix older presentation files which got corrupted due to abrupt closing of PPT files or PowerPoint application, virus intrusion, enabling Allow Fast Saves option, CRC error, power surge and interruptions during usage of PPT file. No need to worry if you are unable to open PPS file in PowerPoint application as Yodot PPT Repair is capable in repairing PPS, PPSX and PPTX files along with PPT file repair. This tool allows you to preview repaired presentation file, so that you can ensure its repairing ability. It effectively fixes presentation slides along with its text, formatting, header, and footer and also it restores images, table, chart, objects, animation, sound etc without modifying original structure of PPT file. This application is expert in fixing PowerPoint errors like Unable to read PPT file, xx.ppt cannot be accessed, file not found etc. It supports fixation of PowerPoint files created using MS PowerPoint 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 on computers running with Windows Operating system of all versions.

Note: If you are facing error while opening DOCX file then assuredly you can seek help of Yodot, as it assists you in each step for recovering and repairing multiple file types.

Steps to fix old PowerPoint files in Office 2013:


  • Make use of Protect Presentation preference provided in PowerPoint application to avoid modification of your vital PPT files
  • Avoid working with PPT files on removable media

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