How to Convert PowerPoint 97–2003 Presentations to 2007

By Peter Weverka

When you open a PowerPoint presentation made in an earlier version of PowerPoint, the program switches to compatibility mode. PowerPoint 2007 shuts down features that weren’t a part of earlier versions of PowerPoint to accommodate the presentation. You can tell when PowerPoint is in compatibility mode because the words compatibility mode appear in the title bar next to the presentation’s name.

Follow these steps to convert a 97–2003 presentation for use in PowerPoint 2007:

1Open the presentation file.

Choose whichever presentation from PowerPoint 97-2003 that you want to convert.

2Click the Office button and choose Convert on the drop-down list.

A dialog box informs you what converting means.

3Click OK.

Your presentation is now converted to 2007.