How To Open Files With The .pps File Extension

.pps File Extension ? An Introduction

.pps files are associated with the PowerPoint application, which is a popular presentation program from Microsoft and is used for displaying digital slides on a computer. Microsoft?s PowerPoint is available for both the Windows and Mac operating systems.

.pps files have the ability to store a combination of text and pictures and contain information on how the presentation will be displayed including the transition effects between the slides.

Although you can view .pps files using free software, such as PowerPoint Viewer 2007 (which you can download from the Microsoft website), to create a .pps file (PowerPoint slide show) you need to have PowerPoint, which is an integral part of Microsoft Office suite.

You can use PowerPoint to save your presentation in either the .pps file format or the.ppt file format.

What is the difference between ?the.pps file format and the .ppt file format?

These two file formats are essentially the same. The only difference is that the .ppt file format instructs PowerPoint to open the slide-show in ?edit mode?, whereas the .pps file format instructs PowerPoint to open presentation in ?play mode?.

List of other files associated with PowerPoint

Given below is a list of other common file types (besides pps and ppt) that are associated with the PowerPoint application:

  • .ppsm
  • .potx
  • .ppsx
  • .thmx
  • .pptx
  • .pa
  • .lst
  • .pcs
  • .pcb
  • .pot
  • .pdi
  • .ppa
  • .ppam
  • .potm
  • .ppnt
  • .pwz
  • .ppt3
  • .ppi
  • .srq
  • .sldx
  • .pwz
  • .sldm

What are other applications that are recorded to use .pps file type?

Besides Microsoft PowerPoint, names of the other applications that use the .pps file type are:

  • Personal Producer Storyboard
  • ArcView

How to open a .pps file

To open a .pps file in Windows, you can use either of the following applications:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer (which can be downloaded for free)
  • OpenOffice.org Impress (also free)

To open a .pps file on a Mac systems, you can use either of the following applications:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2008
  • OpenOffice.org Impress
  • Apple Keynote

To open a .pps file on Linux, you can use the following application:

  • OpenOffice.org Impress

If you have the right software installed on your computer (one which is known to open a .pps file) then all you need to do to open a .pps file is double-click on it. In case you receive a file-type error when you attempt to open a .pps file, you may use a reliable file extension repair software to fix the error and open the file.