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Follow these links to download free PowerPoint viewers. Note that in most cases, you're downloading the installer for the viewer, not the viewer itself. When asked, save the file to a convenient location (your desktop's a good choice) then after it's downloaded, double-click the newly downloaded file's icon to launch the installer and install the viewer itself.
Powerpoint Viewer 2003 for Windows 98SE and Later- click here to download powerPoint 2003 Viewer (Windows)
If you have Windows 98SE or later, you'll probably want the PowerPoint 2003 Viewer (Windows)
If you give presentations away from your own office, have a look at Autorun Presenter by Udo Schreiber, which lets you install your presentation and the PowerPoint 2003 Viewer files on a USB "pen drive" and run directly from it (using the computer's copy of PowerPoint 2003 if present or the USB drive's copy of the Viewer if not).
You can also order/download a time-limited trial of Office 2003 Standard Edition. Office 2003 requires Windows 2000 or later.
Earlier Windows versions
If you have one of these versions of Windows, you won't be able to install the PowerPoint 2003 Viewer. You can use the PowerPoint 97 Viewer on Windows 95 and up, but Microsoft removed the PowerPoint 97 viewer from its site as of early February, 2006.
If you need the PowerPoint 97 viewer, try searching for it on Google. We found several download sites by searching on
powerpoint "viewer 97"
Or if you have a friend with PowerPoint 2000 or earlier, they have the viewer on their Office CD. If we find an easier alternative, we'll post it here.
The PowerPoint 98 Viewer will allow you to view PowerPoint files under Mac OS9.x or Classic under OSX, but probably won't work with more recent versions of OS X. If you need a viewer for later Mac OS versions, read on ...
A Cross-Platform Viewer for Windows, Mac and Linux
If you need a viewer for unsupported versions of Windows/Mac OS and even (!) Linux, have a look at the TonicPoint Viewer.
Here are some more detailed notes about the capabilities and system requirements of some of the free PowerPoint Viewers.
About the PowerPoint Viewer 2003
PowerPoint Viewer 2003 supports the new animations and many other features introduced in PowerPoint 2002 (part of Office XP) and continued in PowerPoint 2003.
PowerPoint Viewer 2003 works with these versions of Windows:
If you're not sure which Windows version you have, see What version of Windows / PowerPoint is it?
There are some 97-2002 viewer features that the 2003 viewer no longer supports (or perhaps these features are just undocumented so far):
PowerPoint Viewer 2003 Command Line Switches
The PowerPoint 2003 viewer supports a different set of command line switches than the older PowerPoint 97 viewer did.
Command line switches for PowerPoint Viewer 2003:
The playlist file is simply a list of presentation filenames (preceded by path as needed). PowerPoint plays these files in the order given in the file. You can't use command line switches within the playlist.
Features no longer supported include:
PowerPoint Viewer 97
PowerPoint Viewer 97 is no longer available from Microsoft but you may be able to find a download on the web.
PowerPoint Viewer 97 is compatible with PowerPoint features through PowerPoint 97 only. Here's a partial list of features supported in PowerPoint 2000 or later, but not in the PowerPoint 97/2000 Viewer. Other than Macros, VBA and ActiveX controls, most of these things are supported in the 2003 Viewer mentioned above:
PowerPoint 98 Viewer for Macintosh
PowerPoint 98 Viewer for Macintosh only runs under MacOS 9.x or earlier, or in Classic mode under MacOS X. The latest version of MacOS X, Panther, doesn't include the copy of OS 9.x required to support Classic. To run the Viewer in Panther, you'll need to get OS 9.
Unfortunately, if you have a computer that does not support the Classic environment (such as an Intel-based Mac), there is no PowerPoint Viewer you can use in the Mac OS. If you need to distribute PowerPoint presentations to Mac users who may not have PowerPoint, consider saving as a QuickTime Movie and then distributing that.