Fix PowerPoint Error the File is Corrupt and Cannot Be Opened

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Did you receive any important presentation file as an email attachment? And getting the error, ‘The file is corrupt and cannot be opened’ when tried to open that presentation file? Relax, this page will give a brief introduction about this PowerPoint file error and suggests proper methods to resolve the same. Continue reading.

Error Message:

  • “The file is corrupt and cannot be opened.” or
  • “PowerPoint found a problem with content in <filename>. PowerPoint can attempt to repair the presentation.”

Causes of Error:

The root cause behind the above-mentioned errors in MS Office 2010 is due to ‘Protected view’ option that was newly added to PowerPoint settings. This Protected View feature is to protect the documents that are downloaded from unsecured sites. By default, this option is enabled on PowerPoint to protect from harmful viruses. Unfortunately, this feature sometimes treats Google Chrome as an unknown source, due to which the presentation files downloaded from email attachments on Chrome will show this error when tried to open the file. The second reason for getting this kind of error is PPT file corruption.

How to Solve PowerPoint File Is Corrupted and Cannot Be Opened Error?


Fix 1: Disable Protected View


1. Open PowerPoint application

2. Click on Office button at the top left corner

3. Click on PowerPoint Options and then, click on Trust center

4. In this window, click on Trust center settings

5. In the options locate Protected view

6. Disable the option for “Enable Protected View for files originating from the Internet

7. And, Click OK.

But, by disabling Protected View option, malicious malware from other unknown sites may easily enter the system when any file is downloaded. So, it is not recommended, hence here is the alternative fix to solve the issue.


Fix 2: Modify Default Properties


  • Go to Start and type dcomcnfg in Search Box
  • Click on it to open and then go to Component Services
  • Click on Computer and under computer option right click on My computer
  • Select properties and open Default Properties Tab
  • Then set values for Default Authentication Level as Connect and Default Impersonation Level as Identify
  • At the end, hit OK

If the above mentioned method doesn’t solve the error with PowerPoint file then, it is very clear that the file is corrupted severely and hence not opening. Such corrupted / damaged presentation files can be fixed with efficient third party repair utilities like Yodot PPT Repair software.

Fix 3: Fix Corrupted PPT File Using Yodot PPT Repair Software:

Yodot PPT Repair tool is the best solution to fix corrupted PPT files on Microsoft PowerPoint that refuse to open. One can easily resolve error showing presentation files and make them to work normally again with the use of this tool. It is capable of repairing PPT / PPTX files that are encrypted, damaged or broken due to various reasons. This outstanding application can fix PowerPoint files created using MS Office versions like 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, etc., on major Windows OS computers like Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Server 2008.

Guide to Fix Corrupt PowerPoint File:

  • Download Yodot PPT Repair tool on Windows PC where corrupt PPT reside
  • Install and run the utility by following available instructions
  • In the main screen, click on browse button to select corrupted PPT / PPTX file located on system drive
  • After selecting the damaged file, click on Repair button
  • The tool scans the file to fix errors and shows progress in status bar
  • Very next, repaired PowerPoint file will be displayed on the screen
  • Select a target location on the system drive and save the fixed PowerPoint file by clicking on Save option
  • Important Note:

    • Do not save the repaired file to same location / folder
    • Scan the file before clicking to open it from email attachment
    • To get rid of malicious viruses, use efficient antivirus program

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