powerpoint made on mac can't read on windows

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Grampa Joe, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. Grampa Joe macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2006
    Does anyone know of a solution for this? I made a powerpoint presentation on my Mac using Office 2007 Powerpoint. I emailed the presentation to the person who will be doing the presentation. It can't be opened on the Windows version of PPT on her PC. Said she gets a Quicktime message.

    How can she import my Mac file into her PC PPT?
  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Were you using Parallels as Office:Mac '07 does not exist

    EDIT: I see you're on PPC, so you're probably using Office 04
  3. Grampa Joe thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2006
    Yep, you're right. Office 2004, PPT version 11.3.2. Any clue what to do?
  4. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    Any idea what the quicktime message was.

    Did you drag and drop files into the slides, if so i have found that it can cause some problems when viewed on windows machines. Try "Insert" and see if that works.
  5. Grampa Joe thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2006
    Not sure what the Quicktime message was, but when she tried to open it, the app looked for QT.
    All I did was create it in Keynote, then took a screenshot of the slides and pasted it into PPT. Could that have had something to do with it? I find that PPT is such a lame program compared to Keynote.
    I had planned to do the presentation myself, but something came up and now I can't.
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Run a compatibility report on it... it's under the 'Tools' menu and also in the save dialogue box.
  7. MartyMoe macrumors regular

    You may have to change the 3-letter extension...?

    I am not sure if this helps, but PCs need a 3-digit extension to tell what kind of file it is.

    You could try renaming the file on the PC nameofpresentation.ppt so that Windows knows to treat it as a PowerPoint file. If you don't see 3-letter extensions (.doc, .exe, .xls, .ppt) on the PC, you need to change a setting show that the PC shows you those.

    In a Windows window (like My Computer, or My Documents) go to:
    View-> Folder Options
    Click on the View tab, I think it is the second one over
    Look down the list to the choice that says (o) Hide extensions for known file types and click on the button to turn that off
    Click on Apply and close

    That should show the 3-letter extensions to files, and you can see that your presentation does actually have .ppt on the end, and is not actually something like .ppt.mov, which the PC won't know what to do with.

    I may have to go back and edit this, I am not a PC at the moment and need to check the exact path to change this setting.

    Good luck.....!
  8. Grampa Joe thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2006
    I have it figured out. Re-create the entire presentation in PPT. I copied the imbedded pix from Keynote into Photoshop Elements, saved them as jpg's.
    I also tried to copy and paste from Keynote into PPT. Not sure if that worked yet.
  9. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    You do know that keynote can export to powerpoint format don't you? ;)
  10. Schnebar macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2006
    Someone in my class did the same thing and tried to show a powerpoint made on their mac on the PC.

    The quicktime message came up on some of the pictures.

    Maybe if the PC downloads quicktime it will work.

    We ended up just hooking up the powerbook to the screen.
  11. Angrist macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2005
    MI or NJ
    You could always just output the Keynote presentation to .pdf.

    Then rather than use ppt to give the presentation, just use Acrobat reader. You won't have transitions or animations, but it'll work.
  12. Grampa Joe thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2006
    Say What? I think I tried that and I couldn't get it to work. However, I just went to keynote and discovered that I could do it! Too bad I didn't dig deeper enough.
    Thanks! Next time I'll know.
  13. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    Heh, you're welcome. Only found it out myself when had to do a presentation and wasn't allowed to connect my mac up to the OHP so exported it to powerpoint then. :D
  14. nsbio macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    PPTs for Mac and PC are compatible on paper but NOT COMPATIBLE in reality. Sure, they work ok in many cases, but I have been burned at least once by relying on the claim of "compatibility", and have seen other people burned too.

    Moreover, even if the presentation works upon transferring cross-platform, there is a good chance of minor quirks, such as messed up alignment of objects, fonts etc.

    The best solution is to save your presentation as a series of images (Png format was recommended to me, but pdf should work too) and transfer it in that format.

    But this is really bad, regardless whose fault :)apple: or Ms) it is. This reflects poorly on both companies.

    Oh, and the compatibility report in Office 2004 is complete BS: all incompatible files were deemed compatible by the compatibility check.

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