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  • Snags40 Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    If you don't need to make any changes to a presentation in PowerPoint, export that keynote file to PDF. It will work just fine as a presentation in that format on a PC or even on a Linux box. I use PDF format to distribute slides to the students for a class I teach.
  • Rich Fenton Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Just found an alternative way to reliably fix this problem...

    I "upgraded" to Office Mac: 2011 and found I had exactly the same problem. I usually present from KeyNotes but distribute in PPT format to share slides with others (pdf isn't really an option). The way I solved it was.

    Reinstall Office Mac:2008 - you can choose to Customise and only select Powerpoint if you wish (I have to run Entourage as well as we aren;t on Exchange 2010 yet but thats another story)

    Next export you Keynotes presentation on Powerpoint format as normal

    Open your exported ppt with the 2008 version of Powerpoint and Save it (as a ppt)

    You should now find that Powerpoint 2011 will now open it without any problems.

    Rubbish I know but it seems to work well for me at least. FWIW I see this firmly as a Microsoft Office Mac: 2011 issue

    Best of luck
  • havinabubble Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    covhill MANY THANKS!  Your post gave me the solution.


    My user was exporting out of Keynote '09 v5.0.5 and trying to open in PowerPoint 2008 v12.2.9 and it was giving:


    "There was an error accessing <path to file>"


    when we tried the exported file on other lesser versions of PowerPoint it opened fine (eg: v12.2.5)


    so all I did was open and save and took that revised file back to the effected machine and then v12.2.9 opens fine!


    MANY thanks

  • The Nig Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes stkaz you were spot on.  My master slides had an image that I can only presume was CMYK.  Replacing it with a pdf was all it took and it all now works again. 


    Keynote 5.0.5 to PP 14.1


    Thanks this saved me alot of grief.



  • AdrianF1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks!  The ungrouping fixed my problem.  Thanks for taking the time to post and help!!

  • ftreussart Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks a lot stkaz for sharing your tests !!

    Ungrouping all the Keynote slide allowed me to open the PPT export without any trouble.

    Powerpoint version: 14.1

    Keynote version: 5.0.5

  • victorfromscottsdale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Confirming Potential Solution:

    I was receiving error that PPT was unable to locate file after exporting from Keynote. 


    Open the exported Keynote presentation (.ppt) format

    Saved presentation as (.ppt) format from OpenOffice

    Powerpoint could then open the file.


    Hope it helps

  • Davcos12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks stkaz, ungrouping fixed my preonlem in exporting to ppt.

  • wendy26 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This saved me a ton of time. Thx!

  • JaneGarthson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't have MS Office and these solutions seem to involve owning both iWork and Office. Exports to Office formats used to work but now don't show Track Changes in Pages, mess up Numbers formatting and cause freezes for Office users. Collaboration is becoming quite impossible.  Is Apple ever going to do a real update to iWork? It's been three years since anything significant and its exports are just not compatible with Office anymore. Love to find out what others are moving to.

  • Gary Scotland Level 6 Level 6 (10,940 points)

    JaneGarthson wrote:


    I don't have MS Office and these solutions seem to involve owning both iWork and Office.

    As mentioned earlier, download and use  the free Open Office or Libra Office instead of MS Office. Opening and saving in those free applications works for most users.

  • JaneGarthson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Neither will import decently from iWork so I have to recreate my templates from scratch if I switch to Open Office or Libre Office. Open Office will open documents creating in iWork and saved as Office but loses formats and functionality. Libre Office will not even open Keynote docs saved as .ppt, although it will open docs created in PowerPoint.


    I was seeking a different solution before completely giving up on iWork, because I certainly can't be going back and forth given their incompatibility. It looks as if Apple wants to drive everyone away from its office products forever, sigh.


    Has anyone here actually tested Libre Office with collaborators in complex documents? By complex I mean reports with automatically generated Tables of Contents and indices, for example. Can you see and accept or reject each other's changes?

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