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How to Edit and Open a PowerPoint Show

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You probably receive this often by email, a funny PowerPoint Show which automatically starts when you double click the file icon. A PowerPoint show doesn’t require that you have Microsoft PowerPoint (a presentation graphics program) for you to view it. Suppose you receive a PowerPoint Show you would like to extract information from, such as an image or some text? Here is how you can edit a PowerPoint show like a normal PowerPoint presentation.

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A PowerPoint show can be easily identified by its file extension which is .ppsx or just .pps. In the above screenshot, you can see that I have a .ppsx AND a regular .ppt file which is a Microsoft PowerPoint Slide.

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To open the PowerPoint show in Microsoft PowerPoint, select the file, right click it and click rename or press F2 on your keyboard. Change the extension to .ppt

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Click Yes, when the dialog appears.

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You will now notice that our PowerPoint Show icon just changed to a Microsoft PowerPoint file icon.

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You can now edit or do whatever you want with the presentation.

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