The Open Office suite contains presentation software called "Impress" that's similar to Microsoft's PowerPoint. Open Office presentations use the "ODP" file extension while PowerPoint files use "PPT." These two document formats look similar onscreen, but you cannot open an Open Office presentation inside PowerPoint without first converting the ODP file into a PPT (however, you can do the reverse, and open a PowerPoint file in Impress). Open Office Impress can convert ODP files into the PPT format.
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Things you need
- Open Office software
Download and install the "Open Office" suite of software applications (see Resources). This is free, open-source software with similar features to Microsoft Office. You will need the "Impress" program in Open Office to complete the file conversion.
Open the Impress program. After installation, you can always find Impress in the "Start" menu's "Programs" list.
Open the ODP file in Impress. You can use the "File" menu's "Open" command, or in most cases simply double-click the ODP file after installing Open Office, and the file will automatically open in Impress.
Click the "File" menu after the ODP file is open. Choose the "Save As" command. This will launch a new window.
Type a name for the PPT file you are creating, and select a location for the file.
Click the "File Type" menu and select the "Microsoft PowerPoint .ppt" option. This will save this ODP file with a PPT file extension that is compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint.
Click the "Save" button to being the file conversion. A pop-up box may appear to notify you of potential formatting differences between the two programs. Click the "Yes" button to indicate you are aware of this. The program converts the ODP file to PPT.
Tips and warnings
- Keep the original ODP file after the conversion in case you need to change anything in the presentation. It may be easier to edit the file within its native program. Then you can convert again to PPT if necessary.
- Don't expect the converted PPT to be identical to the original ODP file. Impress and PowerPoint are two different programs by different manufacturers with different file formats. It is inevitable that some discrepancies will appear between the two files.
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