PowerPoint has a really useful feature: being able to save Presentations as “Shows”. These allow people without PowerPoint on their computer to still watch the presentation. The downside is that they’re not, on the face of it, editable. And that was the problem that a colleague in the networking group that I attend (https://www.bforbnorthwest.com/) contacted me for help with. She’d got a copy of a presentation that had been created for her, but it was in “Show” format & every time she tried to open it by double-clicking on the thumbnail, the presentation ran; could I help

Creating PowerPoint Shows

If you want to create a “show” for distribution, then in the SaveAs option…

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… select PowerPoint Show (*.ppsx) as the file type

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As you can see in Windows Explorer, the files are the same size, but with different icons

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Editing PowerPoint Shows

So that’s great, we can create a Show, but how do we edit it?

If we double click from within Windows Explorer, all that will happen is that the show will run, so we need to open PowerPoint first, then we can open the PowerPoint Show…

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.. and it’s ready to edit, just like any other Presentation

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A nice, simple solution to my colleague’s challenge!

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