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Saving in a different format
Save. Then, choose a different format
from the Save i les in this format drop-down list under Save presentations. This makes your choice the default in
the Save as type drop-down list in the Save As dialog box. Not all of the formats are available here; your choices are
PowerPoint Presentation (the default), PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Presentation, PowerPoint Presentation 97–2003,
Strict Open XML Presentation, and OpenDocument Presentation.
If you consistently want to save in a different format, choose File
Table 21.1 lists a lot of choices, but don’t let that overwhelm you. You have three main
decisions to make:
PowerPoint 2007–2013 format or backward compatible with PowerPoint
97–2003: Unless compatibility is essential, go with the newer format because you
get access to all of the new features. (See Table 21.2 to learn what you’fill lose with
backward compatibility.) If you use a backward-compatible format, some of the
features described in this topic work differently or aren’t available at all.
Macro enabled or not: If you plan to create and store macros, use a macro-enabled
format; if not, use a fi le format that does not include macro support, for a slightly
safer fi le (because a fi le cannot carry viruses if it can’t carry macro code).
Regular presentation or PowerPoint Show: The “show” variant starts the
presentation in Slide Show view when it is loaded in PowerPoint; that’s the only
difference between it and a regular presentation. You can build your presentation in a
regular format and then save in show format right before distribution. PowerPoint
shows can be opened and edited in PowerPoint the same as any other fi le.
Most of the other choices from Table 21.1 are special-purpose formats and not suitable for
everyday use. The following sections explain some of those special fi le types.
TABLE 21.2 PowerPoint 2013 Features Not Supported in the
PowerPoint 97–2003 File Format
SmartArt graphics
Converted to uneditable pictures
Charts (except Microsoft Graph charts)
Converted to editable OLE objects, but
the chart might appear different
Custom slide layouts
Converted to multiple masters
Drop shadows
Soft shadows converted to hard shadows
Converted to uneditable pictures
Heading and body fonts
Converted to non-theme formatting
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