How to Open PowerPoint on Mac

Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the most popular presentation software applications. However, it comes pre-installed on Windows computers and not on Macs. So how do Mac users open PowerPoint presentations? Here are several methods:

Use Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac

The easiest way is to install Microsoft PowerPoint on your Mac. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the Mac App Store
  2. Search for “Microsoft PowerPoint”
  3. Click “Get” and then “Install”
  4. Sign in with your Microsoft account or start a 1-month free trial

Once installed, you can easily open PowerPoint presentations on your Mac. You can also create new presentations or edit existing ones.

Use Apple Keynote

Keynote is Apple’s alternative to PowerPoint that comes pre-installed on Macs. You can open PowerPoint presentations in Keynote and edit most elements with no issues.

Here is the process:

  1. Open the Keynote app
  2. Go to File > Open and locate your PowerPoint file
  3. Keynote will launch a conversion process
  4. The presentation will open in Keynote for editing


  • No need to install additional software
  • Retains most formatting and animations


  • Some complex animations may not convert properly
  • Saving back to PowerPoint could cause minor formatting changes

Use Preview App

You can view PowerPoint presentations using the Preview app that comes with all Macs. However, editing capabilities are limited.


  • Quick way to view presentations
  • No additional downloads required


  • Cannot edit or save changes
  • Animations and transitions will not display

Use a Web-Based Option

There are free web-based versions of PowerPoint you can use on any device:

  • Google Slides: Very similar look and capabilities to desktop PowerPoint. Supports collaboration.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Online: Allows viewing and basic editing of PowerPoint files stored on OneDrive or SharePoint Online.


  • Access presentations anywhere online
  • Collaborate in real-time with others


  • Requires upload/download of files
  • Full PowerPoint capabilities not available

Use Third-Party Apps

There are many third-party apps that allow PowerPoint editing capabilities on Mac:

  • WPS Office: Free office suite with a PowerPoint equivalent.
  • OpenOffice: Open-source office software suite.
  • LibreOffice: Popular free office suite.

These provide the most functionality for editing PowerPoint files on a Mac.


  • Get PowerPoint-like software free
  • Retains most formatting


  • Not as seamless as native PowerPoint
  • Some presentation elements may not convert properly


In summary, Mac users have several options for opening PowerPoint presentations, ranging from Microsoft PowerPoint itself to Apple’s Keynote software to free online and desktop apps.

The right choice depends on your specific needs and budget. If you frequently work with complex PowerPoint documents, need full editing capabilities, or require flawless formatting, installing Microsoft PowerPoint is the best option.

However, the free tools can work well for basic viewing and editing tasks. So consider what features are essential to you when deciding the best way to open PowerPoint files on your Mac.