How to repair corrupt or unreadable PowerPoint presentations

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					?Microsoft PowerPoint is a reliable application for a presenter to make effective and
compelling presentations. But, sometimes you may face issues while opening a
PowerPoint presentation. The problems could range from unreadable text to startup
issues to several randomly generated error messages. You can face such issues with
presentations created with PowerPoint 2002, 2003 and 2007. In worst scenarios, the
above-mentioned issues lead to damaged slides and data inaccessibility. Though, you
can try some repair strategies as provided by Microsoft, the chances of recovering the
data successfully are not much bright. This also depends on the severity of damage to
a presentation. To overcome such issues, you must consider using professional
PowerPoint recovery software.

Consider a scenario, wherein, you try to open a presentation (sent by an e-mail or
saved on a USB) in PowerPoint 2002, 2003, or PowerPoint 2007, and instead receive
the following error:

PowerPoint 2002 and 2003

"PowerPoint can't read pathfile_name.ppt."

PowerPoint 2007

"PowerPoint found unreadable content in Presentation.pptx. Do you want to recover
the contects of this presentation? If you trust the source of this presentation, click
Yes."

To get the unique number associated with the error message by pressing Ctrl+Shift+I.
The following number will appear along with the error:

400645

Cause
 The root cause of the abrupt behavior and error message is PowerPoint presentation
corruption. A PowerPoint presentation can get damaged in various instances including
application malfunction, abrupt system shutdown, virus attacks, power fluctuations
and more. Irrespective of the causes behind corruption, you can recover PowerPoint
presentation on your own. The details are provided in the 'Resolution' part of this
article.

Resolution
You can rectify this issue by trying to open the PowerPoint presentation in an earlier
version of PowerPoint. If you are successful in opening the presentation, then insert
the slides from the damaged presentation in a new one. Follow the below-mentioned
steps:
PowerPoint 2002 and 2003
Start the newer version of PowerPoint which gave you the error message
Click Insert, and then click Slides from Files
In Slide Finder on the Find Presentation tab, click Browse
Locate and click the corrupt presentation, click Open, and then click Insert All
PowerPoint 2007


On the Home tab, go to Slides group>New Slide, click Reuse Slides
In the Reuse Slides pane, Open a PowerPoint file
In the Browse box, locate and click corrupt presentation file, and click Open

The earlier versions could not detect any type of invalid or damaged data. As a result,
the earlier versions can open the presentation, and you may come across a file which
exhibits strange behavior.

Therefore, in order to recover PowerPoint file efficiently, you must opt for a
third-party ppt recovery software. Such tools employ improved scanning algorithms
to recover data from corrupt presentation files. Being read-only, these PowerPoint
recovery tools do not even modify the original data.

				
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