File formats for saving and exporting presentations in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

When you save a PowerPoint 2016 for Mac presentation, the File Format box offers a variety of compatible file formats to choose from, besides the standard .pptx format. Options include formats designed for backward compatibility with earlier versions of PowerPoint, PowerPoint template formats, slide show formats, and macro-enabled formats.

You can also save PowerPoint slides as individual image files, such as JPEG or PNG, and you can convert a presentation to a PDF file.

Save as JPEG or other image type

When you save a presentation as a JPEG or other image file type, each slide becomes a picture and is saved as a separate file in a new folder.

  1. Click File > Export.

  2. Choose the location where you want to save your files, and then in the File Format box, click an option: JPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, or BMP.

  3. Click Save.

Save as another PowerPoint file type

The following are the standard file types available when clicking File > Save As.

Type

What it is

PowerPoint Presentation (.pptx)

Saves the presentation as the default XML-based format for PowerPoint.

PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation (.ppt)

Saves the presentation to a format that is compatible with PowerPoint 98 through PowerPoint 2004 for Mac and PowerPoint 97 through PowerPoint 2003 for Windows.

OpenDocument Presentation (.odp)

Saves the presentation to a format that is compatible with other programs that use OpenDocument Presentation format. Some information or formatting may be lost when you save as an OpenDocument Presentation.

PowerPoint Template (.potx)

Saves the presentation content and formatting as an XML-based template that you can use to start new presentations.  Cannot store VBA macro code.

Tip: To open this file format in normal view so that you can edit the presentation, open PowerPoint. On the File menu, click Open, and then choose the file.

PowerPoint 97-2003 Template (.pot)

Saves the presentation content and formatting as a template that you can use to start new presentations.  Compatible with PowerPoint 98 through PowerPoint 2004 for Mac and PowerPoint 97 through PowerPoint 2003 for Windows.

Tip: To open this file format in normal view so that you can edit the presentation, open PowerPoint. On the File menu, click Open, and then choose the file.

PDF

Saves the presentation content to a document that is readable but not editable. You'll need to use Adobe Reader to view documents after you save them in this file format.

PowerPoint Show (.ppsx)

Saves as an XML-based presentation that automatically opens in slide show view. Compatible with PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac 2011, PowerPoint 2008 for Mac, PowerPoint 2010 for Windows, and PowerPoint 2007 for Windows.

Tip: To open this file format in normal view so that you can edit the presentation, open PowerPoint. On the File menu, click Open, and then choose the file.

PowerPoint 97-2003 Show (.pps)

Saves as a presentation that automatically opens in slide show view. Compatible with PowerPoint 98 through PowerPoint 2004 for Mac and PowerPoint 97 through PowerPoint 2003 for Windows.

Tip: To open this file format in normal view so that you can edit the presentation, open PowerPoint. On the File menu, click Open, and then choose the file.

PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Presentation (.pptm)

Saves the presentation in an XML-based format that preserves Microsoft Visual for Basic Applications (VBA) macro code.

PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Template (.potm)

Saves the presentation content and formatting as an XML-based template that preserves VBA macro code.

PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Show (.ppsm)

Saves the presentation in an XML-based format that automatically opens in slide show view and preserves VBA macro code.

PowerPoint Themes (.thmx)

Saves the presentation as a user-created custom theme file that can be used in other presentations.

Tip: To open this file format in normal view so that you can edit the presentation, open PowerPoint. On the File menu, click Open, and then choose the file.

See Also

Compress the picture size in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

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