How to Fix Microsoft PowerPoint File Associations?

“I recently updated Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 to 2007 version. Later when I tried to open my old presentation files in this application, an error message popped up stating that ‘This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel’. How to fix this issue, can anyone suggest me a good solution for this PowerPoint file error?”

PowerPoint is a marvelous application to create presentation files on Windows PC. This Microsoft application includes options to add images, videos, tables, charts and many more to enhance the look of the presentation files. But, there are certain issues related to PowerPoint presentations due to which these files become inaccessible. One such situation is PowerPoint file association problem while accessing your PPT / PPTX files.

Let us get to know what exactly is PowerPoint file association?

All files are usually saved with some or the other extension (*.xxx) that determines what type of file it is. For instance, .doc / .docx for Word documents, .ppt / .pptx for PowerPoint presentation files and so on. When user tries to open any particular file, Windows will first examine its file extension to decide which application can open that file. So, the combination of ‘File extension + file type + program’ to open that file is called association.

Problems with PowerPoint file association:

Generally while opening PowerPoint file, due to missing of association between file and the corresponding application in which it is being opened, users may encounter association problem. In such instance, following error messages can get displayed, denying accessibility of presentation file:

  • This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel
  • Not a valid Win32 application

File association of a PPTX presentation can get corrupt or damaged as a result of many unknown reasons. Due to this invalid association, presentation file may open in some other application or it may open as normal view instead of Slide Show view or file may completely refuse to open. In addition to this, change of file type association, multiple installations of MS Office on the system can also bring upon problems with PowerPoint file association.

How to resolve PowerPoint file association issues?

Method 1: Repair the inappropriate association of PowerPoint file to make it work normally again. Follow these steps to accomplish manual repair process:

Right click on Start button -> select Windows Explorer -> browse the presentation file that has association issues -> Select the file -> Right click on that file while holding Shift key -> Click on Open with -> Now, select the program that should open this type of files -> Check for the option “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file -> Click Ok.

Method 2: Re-register PowerPoint application by following given procedure.

Quit PowerPoint if opened -> Click Start and then on Run -> Click Browse to navigate POWERPNT.EXE (C:\program Files\Microsoft Office\OfficeXX\POWERPNT) -> Click POWERPNT and click on open -> You will see complete path of POWERPNT.EXE in Run with quotes -> At the end of the path type a space and /regserver -> Click Ok.

Method 3:If there are multiple installations of MS Office on the system, then uninstall / remove them in control panel.

If at all, PowerPoint file association is not fixed even after trying above mentioned suggestions, then it is time to prefer third party PowerPoint repair tool.

Software to fix PowerPoint file associations:

Yodot PPT Repair is the best software to repair Microsoft PowerPoint file association problems on Windows computers in few steps. With the help of this tool, it is possible to quickly mend corrupted/ damaged or error showing PPT / PPTX files and extract pictures, videos and other file contents that were inaccessible. This repair utility can fix all sort of issues related to presentation files created using Microsoft PowerPoint 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 versions on Windows 8, Vista, 7, XP, 2003 and 2008 OS.

Procedural steps to resolve presentation file associations:

  • Download Yodot PPT Repair tool onto your Windows system in which PowerPoint file resides
  • Install the software and launch it by following onscreen steps
  • In the main screen, browse and select the PowerPoint file to be repaired using Browse button
  • After selecting required PPT / PPTX file, click on “Repair” button to start with repair process
  • Next screen shows progress bar for presentation file repair status
  • After completion of repair process, go through the PowerPoint file description prior to saving
  • Next, specify a new desired location to save repaired PowerPoint file and click on “Save”

Important Note:

  • Do not install multiple MS Office suites on the same system that gives rise to unknown conflicts
  • Maintain regular backup of required crucial presentation files
  • Keep track of PowerPoint functionality to avoid any disastrous situations