What are PowerPoint Files?
One of the world's most widely-used desktop software programs, PowerPoint is Microsoft's premiere presentation program and a part of their Office suite of applications. PowerPoint stores files, also known as PowerPoint presentations, in its own file format with its own file extension.
The modern version of PowerPoint allows you to store your presentation in a number of file formats, from an XML-enabled file format “.pptx”, to the deprecated older format, “.ppt”. This older PowerPoint file format can be opened by PowerPoint 97 to Office PowerPoint 2003.
Popular Powerpoint File Extensions
- PPT — Format: Binary
Introduced in 1987 along with PowerPoint itself, it is the oldest PowerPoint file extensions. Saved in the form of a binary file format, a “.PPT” file can store formatted text, images, sound and even video. It can be opened from any version of PowerPoint 97 to PowerPoint 2003.
- PPTX — Format: Zip
Based on the Open XML standard, “.PPTX” is the successor to “.PPT” files and makes it much easier for a PowerPoint presentation file to be opened and read by open-source office suite software (like OpenOffice).
File Database Breakdown - PowerPoint File Extensions
Top PowerPoint File Extensions