How to Fix Corrupt PowerPoint 2003 File?

“I have been given a work by my colleague to update certain charts in PowerPoint 2003 file. After completing my work I went out to have a coffee. But when I returned, my system was switched off due to power outage. Later when I turned it on to view PPT file, I got an error message that “PPT file has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience". When I closed and opened the presentation again, it showed some junk characters and its format was screwed up completely. Has anyone encountered similar situation? If so then please let me know how to deal with this problem?”

Do not get disappointed!!! Occasionally, you may receive an error labeling your PowerPoint 2003 file is corrupted. But not all is lost. You can take right steps to fix your PPT file by understanding how it gets corrupted.

Common scenarios for PowerPoint 2003 file corruption are:

  • PowerPoint 2003 file might get corrupted whenever your computer gets shutdown suddenly as a consequence of software problem or power fluctuation
  • In many cases, viruses are the main threat that held responsible for PowerPoint 2003 corruption. It can enter into your system on an account of installation of unauthorized third party applications
  • If the internet that you are using is not secure, then PPT file structure may get affected while uploading or downloading
  • PowerPoint file might also get broken if you change its extension from one file type to another, for example from PPT to PPTX

Many users make use of manual method i.e. “Open and Repair” to fix the PPT file that has been corrupted due above reasons. However, even if this method is the best way to repair PowerPoint 2003 file, it does not help sometimes when presentation file is severely corrupted.

In that case, one can try to take help of proficient PowerPoint repair tool such as Yodot PPT Repair. This software is self- explanatory and more comprehensible which employs powerful mechanisms to repair your corrupted 2003 PPT file and then save it in any desired location. It repairs PPT file and hence helps to recover its attributes such as animations, charts, clipart, objects etc. One can repair not only PPT file but also PPTX file with the utilization of this software. You can download and use free evaluation version of this PowerPoint Repair software to check features, scan corrupted PPT files and preview recovered items. If you are satisfied with its performance, you may then activate the demo version and save repaired PowerPoint file to the hard disk.

Steps to Fix PowerPoint 2003 file:

  • Download the software and then install it to your Windows desktop / laptop
  • Launch the product and then follow the instructions provided on the screen
  • Select the damaged/broken 2003 PPT file that you want to repair
  • Click on “Repair” button to begin the presentation file repair process
  • The repair process can be viewed by looking at the progress bar
  • After completion of repair process, you can see a message indicating its success
  • Preview the repaired PPT file by using the "Preview" option
  • Finally save the fixed PPT file to your desired location by making use of “Save” option


  • Do not attempt to change the file extension of PPT file unless you take its backup
  • Make sure that you don’t use PowerPoint presentation when there is continuous fluctuation in power
  • Never download or upload any PPT file when internet is slow