How to Open Corrupt PowerPoint File?

Microsoft Office is popular software among computer users for multiple purposes on daily basis. Microsoft PowerPoint is one among them used for designing and creating presentation for corporate training session, market promotion, business, teaching purpose in education, maintenance of report, etc. PowerPoint is finest program which may contain many pages called as slides as they appear in sliding form. It consists of numerous file objects with more appealing and attractive features like sound, animation, graphics, texts, images and many other. All presentation files are saved in .ppt file extension. Moreover, there are few more PowerPoint file extension used in it. PPT files saves presentation information in single binary file and compatible on 2003 and earlier versions. PPTX is created by Open XML format and supports PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 versions. PPTM files are called as macro enable presentation with embedded macros and this opens in PowerPoint version 2007 and 2010.

It takes lot of time and effort to make a presentation file. But no files are immune to corruption, in same way PowerPoint files are also prone to corruption and becomes unable to open it. Sometimes after corruption PPT files become inaccessible; instead of opening it displays error messages such as:

“This is not a PowerPoint presentation”

“File is corrupted or damaged”

“PowerPoint has encountered a problem and needs to close”

“PowerPoint Viewer can't read 'Drive:\path\filename.ppt'”

“PowerPoint found an error it can't correct. You should save presentations, quit and restart PowerPoint”

Above mentioned errors are commonly seen factors when PowerPoint is corrupted by infected virus, abrupt system shut down, improper cancellation of PPT files, software malfunction, human error, etc.

To fix corrupt PowerPoint file, try following steps:

Recover from backup: If you posses backup of PowerPoint files to prevent data loss due to corruption or data loss, you can easily restore them from backup. If not then use TMP files.

Restore from TMP files: When your PowerPoint file gets corrupt or erased accidentally, then there is temporary TMP file present in system. First of all you need to locate TMP file, if it is located then you can easily retrieve PowerPoint file.

Use MS word program: You can try to open corrupt presentation file in MS Word. If the files opened then you can at least get back text part of that file.

If unable to open corrupt PowerPoint files then user can use 'Open and Repair' tool to fix this issue. It is the inbuilt repair feature given by MS Office to mend corrupt file. Unluckily, if corrupt PowerPoint files are still unable to open, then effective solution could be usage of reliable PPT files recovery software.

Tool to open corrupt PowerPoint files:

Yodot PPT Repair utility aids user to open corrupt PowerPoint files on Windows operating system. It helps in repairing PowerPoint file from storage devices like memory cards, USB drives, external hard drive, SSD drives and FireWire drives. This tool efficiently fix corrupt PPTX files and PPS file along with PPT file. This application can repair PPT presentation files created on Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010 versions. It is facilitated with preview option to view your fixed PowerPoint files to ensure that the repair was successful to open corrupt PowerPoint files. Moreover, it can be installed on all the Windows computer running on MS Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 2003 operating systems.

Steps to open corrupted PPT file:

  • Download and install Yodot PPT Repair utility on your desktop
  • Now allow the software to run and follow the instructions
  • When main screen get displayed click on 'Browser' option to select the corrupted PowerPoint file that has to be repaired
  • Then, click on 'Repair' button to start scanning process, you can see status of repair process in progress bar
  • After the completion of scanning process, you can view fixed PowerPoint file using 'Preview' option
  • Finally save repaired PPT file using 'Save' option in preferred destination location


  • Backup your PowerPoint files on efficient storage device regularly
  • Close MS PowerPoint file properly after completing your task