Check whether a PowerPoint 2013 presentation can open with PowerPoint 2003 or earlier

The Compatibility Checker in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 helps find potential issues with formatting and features that might come up if a PowerPoint 2013 presentation is opened in PowerPoint 2003 or earlier. Such issues can affect performance of the presentation.

To run the Compatibility Checker:

  1. In PowerPoint 2013, open the presentation that you want to check for problems.

  2. Click the File tab, and then click Info.

  3. At Prepare for Sharing, click Check for Issues, and then select Check Compatibility.

For example, the Compatibility Checker identifies if a PowerPoint 2013 presentation contains any shape effects (such as reflection and glow), 3-D text or SmartArt, which appear in earlier versions of PowerPoint as pictures that cannot be edited. As another example, the Compatibility Checker reports if you've embedded a video into your presentation (instead of linking a video). An embedded video appears in PowerPoint 2003 or earlier versions as a picture and won’t play.

To learn about the messages that the Compatibility Checker returns, see Compatibility Checker.


  • You don’t have to run Compatibility Checker if you’re trying to open a PowerPoint 2013 file in PowerPoint 2007 or PowerPoint 2010. The file formats are the same in each version of PowerPoint, so there are no compatibility problems.

  • You can’t save or open a PowerPoint 2013 presentation in PowerPoint 95 or earlier PowerPoint versions.

  • If you frequently save presentations in a PowerPoint 97-2003 format, in the Microsoft PowerPoint Compatibility Checker dialog box, select the Check compatibility when saving in PowerPoint 97-2003 formats check box.

Applies To: PowerPoint 2013

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