Do you have PowerPoint 2016 installed? Here's how you can find out, and change your default PowerPoint version.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher
Are you unable to locate PowerPoint 2016 on your computer? Sometimes, such a question can be embarrassing! Or are there other versions of PowerPoint on your computer -- maybe older versions? Yes, we know that this can happen, although it does sound a little strange. However, there are perfectly valid excuses for you to be unable to locate PowerPoint, mainly in scenarios such as these:
Follow these steps to locate PowerPoint:
That's a great question -- the easiest way to find an answer is to bring up a list of programs installed on your computer.
Bring up the Run window as explained in the preceding section of this tutorial, and type appwiz.cpl
-- hit the Enter key. Depending upon your OS, the resulting dialog box may look a little different
but you still get a list of all programs on your computer -- since this is an alphabetical list, scroll down to where you can
see all programs preceded by the words Microsoft Office, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: List of all programs installed on your computer
Note that we have two versions of Microsoft Office installed (highlighted in red within Figure 3, above). Yes, it is acceptable to have more than one version of Microsoft Office (and PowerPoint) installed on a single system. However, only one of these can be the default PowerPoint version. Your default version is the one that launches when you type powerpnt.exe in the Run dialog box, as explained in the preceding section.
So how do you change the default version? Typically the last version installed is the default version -- but there are other ways to change the defaults -- and all of them do not work all the time!
Even if you have Microsoft Office installed, that doesn't mean you have PowerPoint as well. The reason is that there are some Office editions which do not include PowerPoint -- this is not so true with newer releases. If you have a version of Office 2016 without PowerPoint, it may also be that you chose a custom installation option for Office, and deselected PowerPoint? The solution is to run a Repair installation, as explained earlier on this page, and now select PowerPoint from the installation options.
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