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    I recently was sent a presentation by a friend. It's one of a series of training files prepared in PowerPoint 2003. The files will open in PowerPoint 2003 and in Open Office but not in PowerPoint 2007. Attempts by PowerPoint 2007 result in long hang times and several error messages such as "Pres Esc to cancel". Up to now I've had no problem opening other ppt files with PowerPoint 2007. I won't upload one of the files here since they're ~14 MB and are proprietary.

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    Press Esc to cancel isn't really an error message it just means "This may take a while"

    Do they open eventually if you leave them?
    Are there lots of old style msgraphs?

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    Open up a New Powerpoint presentation

    1) Click New Slide in the Home tab
    2) Click Reuse Slide
    3) Select your suspect file
    4) Insert it into the new presentation.

    Let it run and hopefully any conversion will happen during the insert action.

    Not a fix but a work around
    Jerry

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    Jezza, your workaround works but i't painfully slow. It took me over 10 minutes to get the first 3 of 186 slides.

    Thanks,
    Doug

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    Blooming heck, is it graphic intensive or are there a lot of macros in there?
    Jerry

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    As I mentioned, it''s not my file; I'm trying to help someone else so I didn't go through all 186 slides. I saw lots of graphics but no animation, sound or macros. Oddly, the file opens normally and immediately in PPT 2003 - no delay, no errors and no need for workarounds.

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    Doug, it is not terribly uncommon for V03 files to take their sweet time to load in V07. The key is what happens after that. Don't just save it; make sure you save it as a .pptx file, V07's native format. That forces a rewrite in terms that V07 better understands. After that, the file should open more promptly. If it doesn't, I want to see this file!
    Rick Altman
    Author, "Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck...and how you can make them better"
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