PPT2000: Error Message: "PowerPoint Viewer Cannot Read <presentation>"

ID: Q226769

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When you view an unpacked PowerPoint 2000 presentation using the Microsoft PowerPoint viewer 97, you may receive the following error message:

PowerPoint Viewer can't read C:\<path>\<filename>.ppt


This behavior can be caused when you change the PowerPoint 2000 default file save format to the PowerPoint 95 file format. This behavior can also occur for other reasons, including corruption.


Change the default file save format in PowerPoint 2000, and repack your presentation.

  1. Open your presentation in PowerPoint 2000.

  2. On the Tools menu, click Options.

  3. On the Save tab, click to select PowerPoint Presentation from the Save PowerPoint files as:list.

  4. Use Pack and Go again, and repack the presentation.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft PowerPoint 2000.

Additional query words: PPT2K PPT2000 PPT POWERPNT 2000 PPT9 9.0

Keywords          : kbdta kbviewer 
Version           : WINDOWS:2000
Platform          : WINDOWS 
Issue type        : kbbug 

Last Reviewed: June 28, 1999