Open POTM files

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    Microsoft PowerPoint 2007/2010 Macro-enabled Open XML Template Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a POTM file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a POTM file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your POTM file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is POTM file?

Files with the POTM extension contain an Office Open XML macro-enabled Document Template, which is a template for Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. These files contain different formatting information, such as fonts and sizes, images and colors, as well as texts and macros. They can be used to create multiple documents with the extension pptm, all using the same style.

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Microsoft supplies with PowerPoint some templates, but many templates are also available for free or Kuflich to purchase. Because POTM files contain macros, a scan for malware is indicated by an antivirus program.

The POTM files will be used by the Microsoft Powerpoint version 2007 (Mac 2008). The older versions 97 to 2003 use the extension pot for their template files.

Office Open XML is an XML-based file format that is unreadable with earlier versions of PowerPoint. For the Office versions 2000, 2003 and XP, this functionality can be used with the help of the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack, whereby the result of an imported POTM file does not always have to correspond to 100% of the original.

Office Open XML is an open Bro Bro applications standard developed by Microsoft to provide file sharing between different Office suites.

A POTM file consists of several XML files, which are automatically compressed into an archive when saved using the ZIP algorithm. This saves space compared to the old format. Other benefits include better data integrity and easier data recovery in case of data loss.

Programs which can open a POTM file

How to open file with POTM extension?

In order to open a file with POTM extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening POTM file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with POTM files, follow the instructions below.
Install PowerPoint or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening POTM files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support POTM files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of POTM files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set PowerPoint as the default program for opening POTM files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate POTM files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the PowerPoint applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where PowerPoint has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with POTM files

Sometimes problems with opening POTM files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • POTM files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open POTM files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • POTM file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

Possible conversions of POTM file

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