Reference: File types for saving presentations

In the Save As dialog box, you can save your PowerPoint presentations in any one of the following file types:

Save as type

Extension

Use to save

Presentation

.ppt

The default, a typical Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. You can open presentations in this format using PowerPoint 97 or later.

Presentation for Review

.ppt

An online presentation in which collaborators can review and provide tracked revisions.

Design Template

.ppt

A presentation as a template you can use to format future presentations.

Single File Web Page

.mht; mhtml

A Web page as a single file with an .htm file and all supporting files, such as images, sound files, cascading style sheets, scripts, and more. Good for e-mailing a presentation.

Web Page

.htm; html

A Web page as a folder with an .htm file and all supporting files, such as images, sound files, cascading style sheets, scripts, and more. Good for posting on a site or editing with FrontPage or other HTML editor.

PowerPoint 95

.ppt

A presentation created in PowerPoint 2003 that remains compatible with PowerPoint 95.

PowerPoint 97 - 2003 & 95 Presentation

.ppt

A presentation created in PowerPoint 2003 that is compatible with PowerPoint 95, and with PowerPoint 97 and later. (In PowerPoint 97 and later versions of PowerPoint, graphics are compressed, but they are not in PowerPoint 95, so this format supports both, which results in much larger file sizes.)

PowerPoint Show

.pps

A presentation that will always open in Slide Show view rather than in Normal view.

PowerPoint Add-in

.ppa; .pwz

Stores custom commands, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code, and specialized features such as an add-in.

GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)

.gif

A slide as a graphic for use on Web pages.

The GIF file format is limited to supporting 256 colors, and therefore it is more effective for scanned images such as illustrations rather than color photographs. GIF can also be good for line drawings, black and white images, and small text that is only a few pixels high. GIF supports animation.

JPEG (File Interchange Format)

.jpg

A slide as a graphic for use on Web pages.

The JPEG file format supports 16 million colors and is best suited for photographs and complex graphics.

PNG (Portable Network Graphics Format)

.png

A slide as a graphic for use on Web pages.

PNG was approved as a standard by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to replace GIF. You can save, restore, and resave a PNG image and that will not degrade its quality. PNG does not support animation as GIF does — and some older browsers do not support this file format.

TIFF (Tag Image File Format)

.tif

A slide as a graphic for use on Web pages.

TIFF is the most widely supported file format for storing bit-mapped images on personal computers. TIFF graphics can be any resolution, and they can be black and white, gray-scaled, or color.

Device Independent Bitmap

.bmp

A slide as a graphic for use on Web pages.

A bitmap is a representation, consisting of rows and columns of dots, of a graphics image in computer memory. The value of each dot (whether it is filled in or not) is stored in one or more bits of data.

Outline/RTF

.rtf

A presentation outline as a text-only document. Text in notes area not included.

Windows Metafile

.wmf

A slide as a 16-bit graphic (for use with Windows 3.x and later).

Enhanced Windows Metafile

.emf

A slide as a 32-bit graphic (for use with Windows 95 and later).

Note: You can copy one or more presentations along with supporting files onto a CD using the Package for CD feature in PowerPoint 2003.

Find a link to the Package for CD feature in the See Also box, which is visible when you are connected to the Internet.

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