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Troubleshooting Damaged Presentations--Part 4 of 4
If you're able to open a presentation but experience problems editing or displaying it, try the following:

Copy the slides from the damaged presentation into a new file. Open the damaged presentation and start a new presentation as well. Switch to Slide Sorter view in both presentations. In the damaged presentation, click to select a slide to copy, then choose Edit, Copy or press Ctrl-C. Switch to the new presentation and choose Edit, Paste or press Ctrl-V.

Although you can select multiple slides to copy and paste, it's best to do this one slide, or at least a few slides, at a time. If only a few slides in a presentation are damaged, this will help you isolate them. If any of the slides won't copy, or if the copy in the new presentation appears corrupted, delete and re-create them. If the entire presentation seems corrupted, you can try to recover the text that appears in Outline view.

Begin by opening the presentation, then choose File, Save As. Choose Outline/RTF (*.rtf) in the Save File As Type drop-down list box. Next, choose a folder for the file, give it a name, and save it. Close the damaged presentation.

Choose File, Open and in the Open dialog box, choose All Outlines (*.txt;*.rtf;*.doc, etc.) from the Files Of Type list. Then select the RTF file you just saved and click Open. PowerPoint creates a new blank presentation with your saved Outline text already in place. You can then apply a different template if you like.

Hint: After you've saved this new file as a PPT, try applying the template from your damaged presentation. Choose Format, Apply Design Template. In the Apply Design Template dialog box, choose All PowerPoint Files (*.ppt; *.pot; *.pps) from the Files Of Type list, then select your damaged presentation. PowerPoint applies only the template information from this presentation to your new presentation. If this causes the new presentation to behave oddly, close it without saving and revert to the saved copy.