PPT File Documentation

Files with the PPT extension store interactive slide shows created in Microsoft PowerPoint. The data contained in files with the PPT extension include images, text, video or sound.

PPT format files are mainly used in home, academic or business environments. PowerPoint allows users to create powerful slide shows in home, academic or business environments.

Files in the PPT format are easy to share and are usually distributed via e-mail. Programs that support the PPT format include not only PowerPoint, but also Google Drive, OpenOffice and Kingsoft WPS Office.


Feature Value
File Extension .ppt
Alternative Extensions .pptx, .pptm
File Type Binary File Format
MIME Type application/vnd.ms-powerpoint
Developer Microsoft
Initial Release 1990
Latest Version PowerPoint 2021 (As of last update in September 2021)
Max File Size 2 GB
Compression Methods ZIP (for .pptx)
Supported Media Types Images (JPG, PNG, GIF), Videos (MP4, WMV), Audio (MP3, WAV, WMA)
Encryption Supported (AES, RSA)
Password Protection Supported
Slides Limit None (Limited by memory and disk space)
Text Limit per Text Box 65,536 characters
Text Encoding UTF-16 (By default)
Hyperlinks Supported
Transitions Supported (Multiple Types)
Animations Supported (Multiple Types)
Embeddable Objects Supported (Excel charts, Word documents, Flash, etc.)
Metadata Storage Supported (Author, Title, etc.)
Collaborative Features Real-time editing, Comments
Programs That Can Open Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, Apple Keynote, LibreOffice Impress, Apache OpenOffice
Operating Systems Windows, macOS, Linux (via compatible software)
Cloud Integration OneDrive, Google Drive, iCloud