Use compatibility mode to work with different versions of PowerPoint

Even if you don’t have PowerPoint 2013, you can open and work with a PowerPoint 2013 file. And if you are lucky enough to have the new version, compatibility mode makes it possible to work with the older file formats, too.

Turn on compatibility mode

Saving your PowerPoint 2013 presentation (.pptx) as an earlier version, such as PowerPoint 97-2003 (.ppt), automatically turns on compatibility mode.

  1. Open a PowerPoint 2013 presentation.

  2. On the File tab, click Save As, and then click Browse.

  3. In the Save as dialog box, in the Save as type list, click PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation (*.ppt).

  4. Click Save.

    Note:  After you click Save, you might get a compatibility checker alert like the one below, telling you which features might be lost or degraded when saving the presentation in the earlier version.

    Compatibility mode alerts

  5. Open the file in an earlier version of PowerPoint.

    Note:  To find out which PowerPoint 2013 features could change or become unavailable, see PowerPoint 2013 features behave differently in earlier versions.

Turn off compatibility mode

To turn off compatibility mode, simply save the presentation as PowerPoint 2013 (.pptx) format.

  1. Open the presentation in PowerPoint 2013.

  2. On the File tab, click Save As, and then click Browse.

  3. In the Save as dialog box, in the Save as type list, click PowerPoint Presentation (*.pptx).

  4. Click Save.

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