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Volume 7, No. 5

Published 12/06/11


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 In this issue of PowerPoint* Tips I address concerns with PowerPoint 2010 and 2007.


The Many Versions of PowerPoint   

PowerPoint 2010 is becoming ever more popular and is vast improvement over 2007.  The downside is that every new version of PowerPoint creates backwards compatibility issues for many users.  This means that if you have 2010 and then send your presentation to someone with an older version they may experience some elements that are un-editable.

I have been fielding questions from people in Marketing, particularly Pharmaceutical Marketing who have Key Opinion Leaders using PowerPoint 2003.  These 2003 users are somewhat frustrated that they cannot edit the slides.   In these cases we have worked with the client to convert the file back to PowerPoint 2003.  There is in fact no simple way to ensure that a file created with PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 is totally compatible with the older 2003 software.

Many multimedia departments and indeed some large multinationals are switching to 2010 while most users are still in PowerPoint 2007. In these cases the answer is to save the file as a PowerPoint 97 - 2003 format.  PowerPoint 2007 then recognizes most elements; however at times tables and shapes may become un-editable.  If this happens we can help you resolve the problem.
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