Since installing Windows XP SP2, I have been unable to open
.pps files. Short of downloading Open Office which carries a .pps access, is
there any other way of regaining this access?
PPS files are created by Microsoft Office PowerPoint. PPS files are a common
distribution form for PowerPoint presentations and slide shows.
Since you indicated that SP2 broke this, I’ll assume that this was working
at some point.
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The first question is, do you have PowerPoint? If so, running Microsoft
Office’s Setup and selecting Repair should do it. If you have the PowerPoint
viewer installed, then it may also have a repair option on its Setup. Either can be
accessed through Control Panel, Add/Remove programs.
If you have neither of those, you can certainly download Microsoft’s free PowerPoint Viewer.
And finally, if you have PowerPoint or its viewer installed, you may only
need to re-assign the “pps” association. This article:
How do I make something other than “Picture and FAX Viewer” the default for
viewing pictures? discusses the steps to associate a “.jpg” file with a
graphics program. Use the same steps to associate “.pps” with PowerPoint or
with the PowerPoint Viewer.