How to Open ODP Files in PowerPoint

By Andrew Meer

Since PowerPoint natively supports the ODP file format, open ODP files normally without using any file conversion utilities.

Things You'll Need

  • Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office

By default, PowerPoint 2010 and newer versions support the ODP, or OpenDocument Presentation, file format used by OpenOffice Impress and LibreOffice Impress. You can open ODP files just like any normal PowerPoint presentation, though certain types of formatting may not carry over properly to PowerPoint. Alternately, save your ODP files directly in the PPT format before sending them out to users who use older versions of PowerPoint.

Open ODP Files

Step 1

Open the File menu in PowerPoint 2013, click Open, click Computer and then click Browse to bring up the Open window. In PowerPoint 2010 and PowerPoint 2007, the Open window appears when you click File and then Open.

Step 2

Select and open ODP file.

Select OpenDocument Presentations from the pull-down menu above the Open button, and then browse to the location of an ODP file. Select the ODP file and then click Open.


  • To make ODP files open in PowerPoint by default, right-click the file, point to Open With and then select Choose Default Program. Check the box next to Use this app for all .ODP files and then select PowerPoint from the list of applications.
  • PowerPoint lets you save ODP files in the default PPTX format. After opening an ODP file, click File, select Save As, and then click Browse under Computer. Open the pull-down menu next to Save As Type, select PowerPoint Presentation and then click Save.
  • Installing the 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 adds ODP compatibility to PowerPoint 2007.

Save As PPT

Step 1

Open Save As window.

Open the ODP file in OpenOffice Impress or LibreOffice Impress and then select Save As on the File menu.

Step 2

Save ODP file in the PPT format.

Open the pull-down menu next to Save As Type and then select Microsoft 97/2000/XP/2003 (.ppt). Specify a save destination and then click Save.


Certain features native to OpenOffice Impress and LibreOffice Impress may not transfer properly when saving in the PPT format.