Solved reading .ppt (.shs) files on Win 7

August 21, 2012 at 21:18:51
Specs: Windows 7
on older XP (running MS Office 2003), cut & pasted powerpoint slides to new blank PP template, and they worked great. old computer crashed, so copied backup files onto new Win 7 - all the .ppt presentations I made show as .ppt files but when I try to open them, are unreadable by powerpoint or anything else. Found out they are actually .shs files, but none of the suggestions (drag to MS Word or Excel or PP, convert to RTF, etc.) have worked - results are 'file is corrupted' or just the file title not the contents.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated - I have a presentation to do in 5 days and if I can't find a 'fix', will have to re-create a huge amount of PP slides! Thanx in advance...

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August 21, 2012 at 23:22:08
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You don't mention which version of Office you have on your new machine but the 'drag & drop' fix won't work with Office 2010, it needs to be 2007 or earlier. Also, it may be worth trying using OpenOffice to open them as it tends to be a bit more flexible over formats. (You can install/run OpenOffice alongside Microsoft Office)

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August 22, 2012 at 08:44:12
Thanks for the suggestions and sorry for the oversight - I'm running Office 2003 on the new machine, as well.

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