PowerPoint Viewer 2010

You’ve made a presentation using PowerPoint 2010.  Added some animations and very cool transitions. 

PPT ViewerSo, what if you want to open it to another computer with no PowerPoint application or with lower versions of PowerPoint.

The solution for this is PowerPoint Viewer 2010!

By installing PowerPoint Viewer 2010, you can now open and view your presentations. It will preserve the animations and transitions that were included using your PowerPoint 2010 application.

I have a screenshot below of a slide done using PowerPoint 2010 that has a “Switch” transition.

2010 slide

Remember: When using 2007 and up version we have a .pptx file extension.  These extension cannot be viewed in lower versions (2003 below) that’s why we have to save it as .ppt or what we call compatibility mode.

Upon opening the file using lower versions,

Using PowerPoint 2003: you can see from the layout of my calendar is not in order.  Notice the August 2011 word in the upper right hand corner?

In addition to that, the 3D “switch” transition of my slide became a dull “Fade” transition.

2003 slide

Using PowerPoint 2007: the layout of my calendar is already fixed.  Apparently, my slide transition is still in “Fade” view.

2007 slide

Using PowerPoint Viewer 2010:  the layout and the transitions are already identical from the original file.


You can view the slide in full screen by pressing F5 or pressing the command as shown below.

full screen

System Requirements:

  • Supported Operating Systems:Windows 7;Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86);Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 editions;Windows Server 2008;Windows Vista Service Pack 1;Windows Vista Service Pack 2;Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Memory:
    • 256 MB RAM or more
  • 270 MB of available hard disk space
  • Display: 1024×768 or higher resolution monitor
  • Additional: Graphics hardware acceleration requires a DirectX 9.0c graphics card with 64 MB or more video memory. Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration.
  • This download works with presentations created in the following Microsoft Office programs:
    • Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
    • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
    • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
    • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
    • Microsoft PowerPoint 2000
    • Microsoft PowerPoint 97

The good thing with PowerPoint Viewer 2010 is that the application is free for download.

Download: PowerPoint Viewer 2010


About johnerwinmagno

I'm a part time instructor at Informatics International College Diliman. Teaching Computer Applications such as MS Office Suites and Computer Aided Design (CAD). View all posts by johnerwinmagno

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