How to open a .pptx in keynote on an iPad

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How to open a .pptx in keynote on an iPad
Use Keynote on your iPad to open files created with Powerpoint. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

If someone sends you a file with the ".pptx" extension that means it's been created in PowerPoint. The Keynote app for the Apple iPad is the iOS equivalent of the PowerPoint programme for Windows. By default, you're iPad won't be able to open a .Pptx file created in PowerPoint, so you need to go to the Apple Store and download Keynote before you can open a PowerPoint file. Like PowerPoint, Keynote's main use is to create slide show presentations for use in education and business.

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  1. 1

    Open your mail programme and navigate to the email with a ".pptx" file. Tap the attachment to see a preview of the file.

  2. 2

    Touch the preview file and select "Open with Keynote" from the pop-up menu.

  3. 3

    Wait for a moment as Keynote launches and then the file will open in "Presentation" view.

Tips and warnings

  • Older versions of PowerPoint produce files with the extension "ppt." You can also open those with Keynote.
  • Keynote files can be saved as PowerPoint files.

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