Here's our Microsoft Office Tip for.. August 31, 2004
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Troubleshooting Damaged Presentations--Part 3 of 4
If after trying the suggestions in the previous tips you still can't get that problem presentation to open, try this: Locate the PowerPoint program file on your computer. By default, it will be C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Powerpnt.exe. Drag the presentation to the program file and drop it. Alternatively, you can double-click the presentation in Windows Explorer.
Or try starting a new blank presentation, then choose Insert, Slides
>From Files and click the Find Presentation tab. Click Browse, select
your problem presentation, and click Open. After a few seconds, you'll see thumbnail images of each slide in the presentation. You can click Insert All if you want to try bringing in all the slides at once, but it's better to select one, then add a few at a time. That way, you may be able to determine that one particular slide is causing the problem.
Once you know that, you can insert the other slides. If this approach works, you should save the new presentation. Then you can apply whatever template you like.
If none of these suggestions work, try moving the file to another computer and opening it there. Copy the file to a different disk drive and open it from there. Then run ScanDisk.