When you double-click a file to open it, a different version of
PowerPoint than you expect starts.
This behavior occurs if you have multiple versions of PowerPoint installed
on your computer. When you run a version of PowerPoint, it registers
itself in the Windows registry and takes ownership of files that have
the .ppt extension and certain system registration entries. If you then
run a different version of PowerPoint, it registers itself. It owns the
files having the .ppt extension and system registration entries until you
run another version of PowerPoint. This means that if you double-click a
file with a .ppt extension, the most recently run version of PowerPoint
tries to open the file.
If you want to open the PowerPoint presentation in a specific version of
PowerPoint, follow these steps:
- On the Windows Start menu, point to Programs and then click Windows
- Open the \Windows\SendTo folder.
- Create three shortcuts--one for each version of PowerPoint you have
installed on your computer. To do this, follow these steps:
- On the File menu, point to New, and then click Shortcut.
- In the Command Line box in the Create Shortcut Wizard, type the
path and file name for the Powerpnt.exe file you want to use. Or,
click Browse, select the Powerpnt.exe file you want to use, and
- Click Next.
- On the "Select a Title for the Program" panel, type the description
you want to use, and then click Finish.
- Repeat steps a through d for each version of PowerPoint.
After creating the shortcuts, you can select the version of PowerPoint you
want to open the file by following these steps:
- Right-click a presentation file, and then click Send To on the menu
- Select the version of PowerPoint you want to open the file.