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Microsoft Powerpoint Viewer

How to View a Microsoft PowerPoint Document

Some information on this site is delivered in files that were generated using Microsoft's PowerPoint (.PPT files).

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Windows® computers are not supplied with a viewer to view PowerPoint. However, Microsoft does provide a PowerPoint viewer that you may download for free.

The PowerPoint Viewer 97 allows people who use PowerPoint to share their presentations with people who do not have PowerPoint installed on their computers. When you post presentations on the Internet, you can include the PowerPoint Viewer to expand your online audience to people who might not have PowerPoint, or to those with different versions. You can use this viewer to view files created in both PowerPoint for Windows® and PowerPoint for the Macintosh.


  • You can view and print presentations, but you cannot edit them in the PowerPoint Viewer.
  • The PowerPoint Viewer supports all PowerPoint 97 and PowerPoint 95 features.
  • Some PowerPoint 2000 and 2002 features are not supported by the viewer:
    • Picture bullets
    • Automatic numbering
    • Animated GIF pictures
    • Microsoft Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) controls
    • ActiveX® controls are not supported by the viewer


  • Provides full fidelity display of PowerPoint 95 and PowerPoint 97 files, including the animations, graphics effects, action settings, hyperlinks, and custom shows.
  • Opens presentations saved in PowerPoint for Windows 2.0 or later and PowerPoint for Macintosh 3.0 or later.
  • Supports printing of PowerPoint presentations.
  • Allows printing and password protection for kiosk-style slide shows.
  • In addition to running as a stand-alone application, the PowerPoint Viewer 97 is optimized for displaying PowerPoint presentations inside Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.x and above.
  • PowerPoint presentations can be displayed within Netscape Navigator 2.x or higher.

The PowerPoint Viewers are available for free as a download from Microsoft by clicking HERE.