Problems opening a presentation in 2003.


  • Presentation created and saved in 2007, then resaved in 2003.  Lots of problems opening on the 2003 machine.  How can I fix it so it opens ok and not all messed up?
    Tuesday, November 29, 2011 9:53 PM


  • Hi,

    In most cases this might be a compatibility issue in the Office 2003/2007 system.

    In Office PowerPoint 2007, compatibility mode disables functionality that cannot be rendered with an adequate level of visual fidelity or editability in previous versions of PowerPoint. This ensures a consistent presentation experience across different versions of PowerPoint.
    Office PowerPoint 2007 can add many new effects and attributes to content that are not supported in previous releases. For example, Office PowerPoint 2007 provides text effects for shadows, reflections, bevels, and other effects. Because previous versions of PowerPoint cannot render this content, Office PowerPoint 2007 represents these effects as images in compatibility mode. If edited in a previous version, the image is “flattened” into a single object, instead of multiple objects. In addition, some colors might render differently in previous versions. With the new feature refresh technology in 2007 Office system, even though these effects are saved as images in compatibility mode, they are once again treated as the original text effects when re-opened in Office PowerPoint 2007.

    Could you tell me if you received any error message or code when you encountered the issue? Feel free to post back.

    Tony Chen

    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, December 01, 2011 9:34 AM