Microsoft PowerPoint

Version365(as of 7/10/2020)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Main Features

  • Support for PPTX and PPT formats, and various other presentation types
  • Pre-installed themes and custom template support
  • Built-in image manipulation and custom shape drawing tools
  • Includes support for dynamic animations, 3D models, and various media files
  • Editing tools for removing the background of images
  • Built-in shapes and flowchart diagrams
  • Morph transition tool for creating attention-grabbing effects and smooth animations

Software Overview

Screenshot of Microsoft PowerPoint 365
Screenshot of Microsoft PowerPoint 365

Microsoft PowerPoint is a popular program for creating presentations and slide shows. It is one of several standard applications included with Microsoft Office and is used in both business and educational environments.

PowerPoint allows you to create slides that support many different kinds of content, including text, images, drawings, as well as rich content such as audio and video. Individual objects within a slide can be displayed all at once or as a series of events. For example, you can choose to display one bullet point at a time instead of listing all the points at once. Several effects can be applied to objects within a slide, such as fading in an image or scrolling text across the screen. Transitions can also be added between slides.

PowerPoint provides several master templates that can be used as slideshow themes, and also allows you to create your own templates for custom-designed presentations. In addition to templates included within PowerPoint, there are thousands of templates in the online repository that can be used for creating presentations. PowerPoint templates are organized by keywords and categories, which helps you find the right design for your audience. Categories include Business, Calendars, Charts and Diagrams, Education, and others. Newer versions of PowerPoint save presentations in the Office Open XML (OOXML) .PPTX format, while older versions use the proprietary .PPT format.

Microsoft PowerPoint is an industry-standard application used by business professionals, teachers, and home users. It gives you the tools to create and display business figures, lessons, photo slideshows, and more. If you use any of the Microsoft Office applications, you should try Microsoft PowerPoint for your next presentation.

Primary File Type

pptx icon.PPTXMicrosoft PowerPoint Presentation

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.PPTXMicrosoft PowerPoint Presentation
.BMPBitmap Image
.CRTXOffice 2007 Chart Template File
.EFTXOffice 2007 Theme Effect File
.EMFEnhanced Windows Metafile
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.PDFPortable Document Format File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.POTMicrosoft PowerPoint Template (Legacy)
.POTMMicrosoft PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Template
.POTXMicrosoft PowerPoint Presentation Template
.PPAMicrosoft PowerPoint Add-in
.PPAMMicrosoft PowerPoint 2007 Add-In
.PPSMicrosoft PowerPoint Slide Show (Legacy)
.PPSMMicrosoft PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Show
.PPSXMicrosoft PowerPoint Slide Show
.PPTMicrosoft PowerPoint Presentation (Legacy)
.PPTHTMLMicrosoft PowerPoint HTML Presentation
.PPTMMicrosoft PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Presentation
.PPTMHTMLMicrosoft PowerPoint MIME HTML Presentation
.THMXOffice 2007 Theme
.TIFTagged Image File
.XPSXML Paper Specification File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.AIFAudio Interchange File Format
.AIFFAudio Interchange File Format
.ASFAdvanced Systems Format File
.AUSun Microsystems Audio File
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.AWAnswer Wizard File
.DICPROOFMicrosoft Dictionary Proofing File
.EXDControl Information Cache File
.GRAMicrosoft Graph File
.HTMHypertext Markup Language File
.HTMLHypertext Markup Language File
.MHTMHTML Web Archive
.MIDIMIDI Music Data
.MP3MP3 Audio
.OLBOLE Object Library
.PRELotus Freelance Graphics File
.RELSOpen Office XML Relationships File
.RRTRhapzode Resource Template
.RTFRich Text Format File
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
.VMLVector Markup Language File
.VSSVisio Stencil File
.WMAWindows Media Audio
.WMFWindows Metafile
.WMVWindows Media Video
Updated 7/10/2020