Learn to check compatibility with other PowerPoint versions in PowerPoint 2013.
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher
You might have experienced this scenario: you have created a presentation within PowerPoint 2013, but you are not sure whether your client, boss, friend, or colleague, who has an earlier version of PowerPoint will be able to view and edit this presentation using the same options that you have used? And, if you save this presentation as a file compatible with an earlier version of PowerPoint, there are chances that you could lose some attributes of the presentation that are not available in previous versions. Or worse, your editable content could just change to flat, non-editable pictures!
You may want to ensure that you can open your PowerPoint 2013 presentation in an older version such as PowerPoint 2003 or even earlier versions. However, many features are not functional in older versions such as Shape Effects such as Reflection and Glow which appear as pictures in older versions of PowerPoint. And, if a video is embedded instead of being linked, the video clip will will show up as a picture! To avoid these problems, you can run Compatibility Checker in PowerPoint 2013 which finds potential compatibility issues between PowerPoint 2013 and earlier versions of PowerPoint, and creates a report to help you resolve any issues.
Before we explain further, do note that this Compatibility Checker option in PowerPoint 2013 only checks for compatibility issues with older Windows versions of PowerPoint. Compatibility with Mac versions of PowerPoint is not checked. Also, here are some guidelines you must consider before using the Check Compatibility feature:
Follow these steps to explore the Check Compatibility feature in PowerPoint 2013:
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