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Hi :)
I think it is
that plays as a slide-show straight-away.  I think
normally opens in editable/design view.  I'm not sure if it's possible to
just rename the file-ending between the 2 or whether you have to use "Save
As...".  I've got a feeling it's one of the rare ones where you can just
rename the file-ending.

Wrt 2013 being incompatible with 2013, MS themselves have a disclaimer
(during install) that if the same program is installed on Win7 and Win8 (or
any other 2 versions of Windows) then some of the documents produced in
each might not work in the other.  2010 had this warning and i'm guessing
2013 says much the same.

I'm fairly sure the default format in MS Office 2013 is not "strict" but is
just another "transitional" format.  Afaik none of the transitional formats
are registered ISO formats.  I don't think it's particularly easy to get
2013 to use "strict" by default but it is possible to set ODF as the

There is not often a bad reaction from files produced by a different
version of MS Office.  Each different version from 2007 has a
"compatibility mode" which seems to recognise and correctly display most
files from the other versions.  However some re-flowing of text is
inevitable any time an editable format is used.  It's just that it can
happen and does happen annoyingly often, just not every time.

Of course anything produced in a newer version of any program might well
have problems being properly handled in an older version of the same
program.  So a file produced in 2010 might have features that 2007 can't

The shocker with MS Office is that files produced in older versions of MS
Office have problems in newer versions.  This while MS claims to aim for
backwards compatibility and that DocX will be readable far into the
future.  We aren't even much into the future yet and already MS Office is
having problems with it's own files!!

The Doc, Xls, Ppt files all used to have this problem too but now that MS
have stopped developing it so much and moved to developing their newer
formats it's finally these older formats that ARE good for sharing between
different programs.  However we don't know how long that will continue to
be the case, or how long MS Office will continue to allow their older
formats to be used in their newer versions of MS Office.  ODF seems better
(ie safer and more likely to be able to be opened) in the future.  So for
longer-term storage i tend to use ODF  but for collaborative working i
often use the older MS formats.

Italo's techno-babble was brilliant and i thought fairly easy to
understand.  It's good to have it laid out so clearly!
Regards from
Tom :)

On 9 August 2014 18:01, Pikov Andropov <> wrote:

Is there a way to get Impress to start in slide-show mode when I click
on a PPT icon?


Tomáš Matýs wrote on 8/9/2014 12:57 PM:
I use impress.

                        Tomáš Matýs

2014-08-09 18:22 GMT+02:00 Jim Seymour <>:

On Sat, 09 Aug 2014 12:01:27 -0400
Pikov Andropov <> wrote:

Jim Seymour wrote on 8/9/2014 10:48 AM:
At the risk of adding to the "political" noise...

As for home: I solved the entire problem once-and-for-all by
replacing my wife's MS-Win install with Linux Mint.  (MS-Win8 was
the last straw, even for her.)

What do you use in place of PowerPoint Viewer?

Have little-to-no need for PPT at home.

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