Can PowerPoint 2007 Open 2003 Files?

I had few older Powerpoint presentations that was created on Office 2003 but that all needs few modifications but after upgrading to Microsoft Office 2007 they all becomes inaccessible. Whenever, I clicked on it system throws following error, “PowerPoint can’t open the type of file represented by [FILENAME].”

Are you also facing same situation? Then, read this article thoroughly to know about its causes and solution to resolve it.

Reasons that causes above-kind problem are:

  • If Microsoft support to  many older file formats are disabled
  • Microsoft doesn’t supportopening older versions of PowerPoint files in Office 2007 and 2010
  • Often changing PPT file from its native format to some other unsupported type and bringing back to its original format.

To overcome by these problems that rise because of any of the above cases, stick to this page and continue to read it further.

Method:1>>Manually open PowerPoint files on newer versions

At first, ensure that a presentation created in newer versions of PowerPoint functions correctly when viewed in PowerPoint 2003 or not and then turn on compatibility mode. (Compatibility mode helps ensure you can work with an older presentation format in PowerPoint 2007)

In PowerPoint, go to File >> Save As, and then browse to a location where you want to save the file >> In the Save as type box, click PowerPoint 2003 Presentation >> In File name box, type a name for the presentation >> Hit Save button.


You can also try to use binary file format (.ppt) or the new Extensible Markup Language (XML)-based file format (.pptx). Maybe after it, 2003 PowerPoint presentations agree to open in newer Office version i.e. 2007.

Method:2>> Use ultimate way

If above explained none of the method works, then finally make use of Yodot PPT Repair tool. It’s finest way of accessing 2003 PPT files on Office 2007 version.

Get to know about this repair utility:

Yodot PPT Repair is outstanding software to easily fix 2003 presentation file and helps to open 2003 PPT file in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. This tool efficiently repairs corrupted PPTX files, PPT and PPS files as well with utmost ease. After employing this program, PowerPoint 2003 files can be opened in 2007 from various storage devices such as flash drives, memory card, SSD drives, external hard drives, etc. It assists user for repairing 2003 file format and open it in MS Office PowerPoint 2007version. Not only has this, but users having PowerPoint of any versions from 2000 till 2013 versions can make use of it. Moreover, it is featured with preview option to view repaired presentation files to check whether repair process was successful to open the file.

After getting its full access user doesn’t need to worry about any related queries like can PowerPoint 2007 open 2003 files? Any Windows user having access to Windows 2003, 2008, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 OS versions can make use of it without any hurdle.

Steps to open 2003 PPT files on PowerPoint 2007 version:

Download and install Yodot PPT Repair utility on your desktop >> Now allow the software to run and follow the instructions >> When main screen gets displayed click on ‘Browse’ option to select corrupted PowerPoint file that has to be repaired >> Then, click on ‘Repair’ button to start scanning process, you can see status of repair process in progress bar >> After the completion of scanning process, you can view fixed PowerPoint 2003 file using ‘Preview’ option >> Finally save repaired PPT file using ‘Save’ option in preferred destination location