Features that change when you open a PowerPoint 2010 presentation in PowerPoint 2003 or earlier

The following features change when you open your Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 presentation in an earlier version of PowerPoint (with the installed).

For more information about how to check for features that will change when you open a PowerPoint 2010 presentation in PowerPoint 2003 or earlier, see Determine whether a PowerPoint 2010 presentation is compatible with PowerPoint 2003 or earlier.

PowerPoint 2010 feature

What happens to the feature when you open an PowerPoint 2010 presentation in PowerPoint 2003 or earlier

Charts (except Microsoft Graph charts)

Charts are converted to OLE objects, which you can edit. However, a chart may appear differently if you edit it in an earlier version of PowerPoint and then reopen it in PowerPoint 2010.

Custom slide layouts

Custom slide layouts that have specific backgrounds, unique slide transitions, and more are represented as multiple masters.

Drop shadows

Soft outer shadows are converted to hard shadows that you can edit.

Heading and body fonts

Heading and body fonts are converted to static formatting. If you then reopen the file in PowerPoint 2010 and use a different style, heading and body fonts do not automatically change.

Shapes, pictures, objects, animations, and new effects, including the following:

  • Two-dimensional (2-D) or three-dimensional (3-D) text

  • Gradient outlines on shapes or text

  • Strikethrough and double-strikethrough on text

  • Gradient, picture, and texture fills on text

  • Shadows, soft edges, reflections, and most 3-D effects on any kind of object

New visual features or effects that are available in PowerPoint 2010 are converted to uneditable pictures in earlier versions of PowerPoint.

SmartArt graphics

SmartArt graphics are converted to uneditable pictures in earlier versions of PowerPoint.

Media clips

Embedded media clips (e.g. videos) are converted to uneditable pictures in PowerPoint 2003 and earlier. Effects on linked media clips are lost but the media clip can be played.

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Applies To: PowerPoint 2010



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