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Windows 7: Associate .pps to MS Powerpoint

30 Jun 2011   #1

windows 7 professional
Associate .pps to MS Powerpoint

I have installed Microsoft Powerpoint 2003 on my machine and it works. How do I associate file type 'pps' to MS Powerpoint. Presently Windows 7 has it associated with Adobe Reader 9.1. MS Powerpoint does not appear in the list of possible applications and I cannot find the application using Windows Explorer.

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02 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hi John9240, welcome to the forum.

If you press Start > type "file association" (without the " ") in the search box.
You will then see Change File type association with a file extension at the top of the list above. Touch it and allow the window to populate.

Now scroll down until pps appears on the left-hand side. Assuming that it does not say Microsoft Powerpoint 97-2003 slide show under description, single left-click to highlight the row and press Change program (top right-hand side). If it is not listed, browse to Microsoft Powerpoint and select it. Also ensure that you 'check' the box to always use the program to open this type of file.

Good luck with it!
Please let us know how it goes or if you need any further help.
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02 Jul 2011   #3

windows 7 professional
Associate .pps to MS Powerpoint

I got it! Thanks for your help. Under Recommended Programs only Adobe Reader 9.1 was listed. I had to expand the Other Programs portion by clicking the '+' on the right side. Powerpoint showed up in that list.

Problem Solved.

I learned from another post on a similar problem that Windows 7 installs their MS applications in the Program Files (x86) directory. But the applications are not readily apparent using Windows Explorer and are probably hidden files. But when you search using the File Association application, the Icons appear. I guess MS is very protective of their software.
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