File formats that are supported in PowerPoint

With PowerPoint, you can save your presentation in any one of the file types listed in the following table.

"Save As" file type

Extension

Use to save

PowerPoint Presentation

.pptx

A PowerPoint presentation, which is an XML-enabled file format, by default.

PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Presentation

.pptm

A presentation that contains Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code.

PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation

.ppt

A presentation that you can open in PowerPoint 97 to Office PowerPoint 2003.

PDF Document Format

.pdf

A PostScript-based electronic file format developed by Adobe Systems that preserves document formatting and enables file sharing.

XPS Document Format

.xps

A new electronic paper format for exchanging documents in their final form.

PowerPoint Design Templates

.potx

A PowerPoint presentation template that you can use to format future presentations.

PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Design Template

.potm

A template that includes pre-approved macros that you can add to a template to be used in a presentation.

PowerPoint 97-2003 Design Template

.pot

A template that you can open in PowerPoint 97 to Office PowerPoint 2003.

Office Theme

.thmx

A style sheet that includes definitions of a color theme, font theme, and effect theme.

PowerPoint Show

.ppsx

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

PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Show

.ppsm

A slide show that includes pre-approved macros that you can run from within a slide show.

PowerPoint 97-2003 Show

.pps

A slide show that you can open in PowerPoint 97 to Office PowerPoint 2003.

PowerPoint Add-In

.ppam

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

PowerPoint 97-2003 Add-In

.ppa

An add-in that you can open in PowerPoint 97 to Office PowerPoint 2003.

PowerPoint XML Presentation

.xml

A presentation in a standard XML-enabled file format.

MPEG-4 Video

.mp4

A presentation that is saved as a video.

The MP4 file format plays on many media players, such as Windows Media Player.

Windows Media Video

wmv

A presentation that is saved as a video.

The WMV file format plays on many media players.

Note: This format is only available in PowerPoint 2010 and newer versions.

GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)

.gif

A slide as a graphic for use on webpages.

The GIF file format is limited to supporting 256 colors. Therefore, it is more effective for scanned images such as illustrations. GIF can also be good for line drawings, black and white images, and small text that is only several pixels high. GIF supports animation and transparent backgrounds.

JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) FileFormat

.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 webpages.

PNG was approved as a standard by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to replace GIF. 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 webpages.

TIFF is the best 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 webpages.

A bitmap is a representation that consists 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.

Windows Metafile

.wmf

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

Enhanced Windows Metafile

.emf

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

Outline/RTF

.rtf

A presentation outline as a text-only document that provides smaller file sizes and the ability to share macro-free files with others who may not have the same version of PowerPoint or the operating system that you have. Any text in the notes pane is not saved with this file format.

PowerPoint Picture Presentation

.pptx

A PowerPoint presentation where each slide has been converted into a picture. Saving a file as a PowerPoint Picture presentation will reduce the file size. However, some information will be lost.

Strict Open XML Presentation

.pptx

A presentation in the ISO strict version of the PowerPoint Presentation file format.

OpenDocument Presentation

.odp

You can save PowerPoint files so they can be opened in presentation applications that use the OpenDocument Presentation format, such as Google Docs and OpenOffice.org Impress. You can also open presentations in the .odp format in PowerPoint. Some information might be lost when saving and opening .odp files.

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 sending a presentation in e-mail

Note: This format is only available in PowerPoint 2007.

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 Microsoft Office FrontPage or another HTML editor.

Note: This format is only available in PowerPoint 2007.

Important: PowerPoint doesn't support the following:

  • Saving to PowerPoint 95 (or earlier) file formats.

  • Pack and Go Wizard (.ppz) files.

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"Save As" file type

Extension

Use to save

PowerPoint Presentation

.pptx

A PowerPoint presentation, which is an XML-enabled file format, by default.

PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Presentation

.pptm

A presentation that contains Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code.

PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation

.ppt

A presentation that you can open in PowerPoint 97 to Office PowerPoint 2003.

PDF Document Format

.pdf

A PostScript-based electronic file format developed by Adobe Systems that preserves document formatting and enables file sharing.

PowerPoint Design Templates

.potx

A PowerPoint presentation template that you can use to format future presentations.

PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Design Template

.potm

A template that includes pre-approved macros that you can add to a template to be used in a presentation.

PowerPoint 97-2003 Design Template

.pot

A template that you can open in PowerPoint 97 to Office PowerPoint 2003.

PowerPoint Show

.ppsx

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

PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Show

.ppsm

A slide show that includes pre-approved macros that you can run from within a slide show.

PowerPoint 97-2003 Show

.pps

A slide show that you can open in PowerPoint 97 to Office PowerPoint 2003.

PowerPoint Add-In

.ppam

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

This option is found at File > Export.

PowerPoint 97-2003 Add-In

.ppa

An add-in that you can open in PowerPoint 97 to Office PowerPoint 2003.

This option is found at File > Export.

PowerPoint XML Presentation

.xml

A presentation in a standard XML-enabled file format.

MPEG-4 Video

.mp4

A presentation that is saved as a video.

The MP4 file format plays on many media players, such as Windows Media Player.

Note: This format is only available in PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac. It can be found by selecting File > Export.

MOV

.mov

A presentation that is saved as a video.

MOV files can be played in any application that supports QuickTime movies.

Note: This format is only available in PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac. It can be found by selecting File > Export.

GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)

.gif

A slide as a graphic for use on webpages.

The GIF file format is limited to supporting 256 colors. Therefore, it is more effective for scanned images such as illustrations. GIF can also be good for line drawings, black and white images, and small text that is only several pixels high. GIF supports animation and transparent backgrounds.

This option is found at File > Export.

JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) FileFormat

.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.

This option is found at File > Export.

PNG (Portable Network Graphics) Format

.png

A slide as a graphic for use on webpages.

PNG was approved as a standard by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to replace GIF. PNG does not support animation as GIF does, and some older browsers do not support this file format.

This option is found at File > Export.

TIFF (Tag Image File Format)

.tif

A slide as a graphic for use on webpages.

TIFF is the best 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.

This option is found at File > Export.

Device Independent Bitmap

.bmp

A slide as a graphic for use on webpages.

A bitmap is a representation that consists 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.

This option is found at File > Export.

Rich Text Format

.rtf

A presentation outline as a text-only document that provides smaller file sizes and the ability to share macro-free files with others who may not have the same version of PowerPoint or the operating system that you have. Any text in the notes pane is not saved with this file format.

This option is found at File > Export.

OpenDocument Presentation

.odp

You can save PowerPoint files so they can be opened in presentation applications that use the OpenDocument Presentation format, such as Google Docs and OpenOffice.org Impress. You can also open presentations in the .odp format in PowerPoint. Some information might be lost when saving and opening .odp files.

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.

See Also

Video and audio file formats supported in PowerPoint

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