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    Is this PPT Corrupt? (2003)

    Hello,

    I'm trying to open a few Powerpoint files from old emails (some months back) and finding that many of them don't open & give the error as shown in the Screen Shot.

    I first thought it was file corruption, but how come so many of them are corrupt?
    Any ideas?

    Cheers,

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    Re: Is this PPT Corrupt? (2003)

    Did they open when you first got them?

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    Re: Is this PPT Corrupt? (2003)

    Does this problem only affact PowerPoint files? Do Word, Excel etc. files in the same folder(s) behave correctly?

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    Re: Is this PPT Corrupt? (2003)

    1. yes the files used to be ok some months back
    2. only PPT files are affected; other msoffice files are still opening fine

    note it's only some files, maybe 20%, remainder are still ok.

    bizzare!

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    Re: Is this PPT Corrupt? (2003)

    1. Were you already using PowerPoint 2003 when you opened the presentations previously?

    2. Are you trying to open the presentations directly from the e-mails?

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    Re: Is this PPT Corrupt? (2003)

    1. No, I used PPoint XP.
    2. I'm opening from emails & also tried it from the Desktop - both cases, same story.

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    Re: Is this PPT Corrupt? (2003)

    Are any of them small enough to be posted here?
    That way with the different users using the different versions we may see what verions if any can open it.

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    Re: Is this PPT Corrupt? (2003)

    If possible, follow DaveA's advice.

    Also see if any of the MSKB articles returned by this search helps.

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    Re: Is this PPT Corrupt? (2003)

    Hi,

    Thanks guys, just to update you:

    - The MSKB Articles didn't seem to solve the problem
    - The files are Mbs; one of them is 6Mb. I got a friend to try the same file on PPoint XP & it doesn't work there either.

    I guess these files have become corrupt & I must find a way to fix them.

    Cheers,

    BD.

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    Re: Is this PPT Corrupt? (2003)

    PPT 2003 is more touchy opening files and considers many to be corrupt when they're really not. As Microsoft says in one of those KB articles, "In earlier versions of PowerPoint (for example, PowerPoint 2000 and earlier), PowerPoint could not detect all the types of invalid or damaged data in presentations that can be detected by PowerPoint 2003 and 2002. As a result, the earlier versions of PowerPoint open the presentation and you may experience unexpected behavior from the corruption or damage that is contained in the file."

    In my experience, PPT 2003 is even more picky about this "invalid or damaged data" than PPT 2002 (aka PPT XP) was.

    One thing to do is to open PPT 2003 and go to Help-->Check for Updates. Install the critical patches for Office and PPT. Usually that does the trick.

    Next thing is to be sure you're saving the PPT file from your email to your harddrive before trying to open it. Opening directly from the email file isn't recommended.

    If those two don't resolve the issue, see the following:
    Recovering a corrupt presentation
    Recovering a corrupt PPT file

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