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.POT File Extension

File Type 1Microsoft PowerPoint Template (Legacy)

3.6 (21 Votes)
CategoryData Files

What is a POT file?

A POT file is a template created by PowerPoint, a program used to create slide show presentations. It contains the default layout, formatting, and styles for a slide show. POT files are used to create multiple .PPT files with the same formatting.

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Screenshot of a .pot file in Microsoft PowerPoint 365
POT file open in Microsoft PowerPoint 365

You will most likely only come across a POT file if you are using PowerPoint 97 through 2003 or working with someone who uses those versions of the software. If you use PowerPoint 2007 or later and save your presentation as a template it will be saved in the Open XML format with the .POTX extension.

POT files come installed with PowerPoint allowing you to create presentations such as school reports, financial quarter summaries, or family photo slide shows from templates with pre-defined formatting and styles. You may also create your own custom templates for reproducing presentations specific to your needs.

How do I open a POT file?

You can open and edit POT files with Microsoft PowerPoint in Windows and macOS. PowerPoint is the best option for opening POT files because it fully supports the formatting of the template.

Several other presentation programs can open POT files but they may not fully support the formatting of the template. Alternative programs include Corel Presentations (Windows), Apple Keynote (Mac), Kingsoft Presentation (multiplatform), and Apache OpenOffice Impress (multiplatform). If you are a Mac user simply looking to view a POT file, you can use Apple Preview, which comes bundled with macOS.

You can also upload POT files to Google Slides, which is a free web (and mobile) application that allows you to view, edit, save, and convert the presentations.

Open and view .POT files with File Viewer Plus.

Programs that open POT files

Updated 1/28/2021

File Type 2Portable Object File

3.1 (13 Votes)
CategoryDeveloper Files

.POT File Association 2

Object file that may be referenced by Java programs, GNU gettext, or other applications; often used to store properties and other basic information; saved in a human-readable format that can be viewed in a text editor.

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Portable object files often use the .PO extension to avoid ambiguity with PowerPoint template files.

Programs that open POT files

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Referenced by various programs
Edit with a text editor
Referenced by various programs
Edit with a text editor
Updated 8/20/2008

About POT Files

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