View Keynote Presentation Files Without Keynote Installed Using Preview in Mac OS X
If you don’t have Keynote installed on a Mac but you need to view a keynote presentation slides or a keynote file, don’t fret – you can view them all directly in Preview, the bundled image app in Mac OS X.
Nothing special is required for this, just download a keynote presentation (.key file extension) and double-click the .key Keynote File to launch the slides into Preview (you can also drag and drop the keynote file into Preview app of Mac OS X).
From there you can view each slide independently, and if you put Preview into Full Screen mode you can even view the presentation as a slide show.
You won’t be able to make changes to the presentation slides, but if all you need to do is review slides this is more than adequate and saves you a couple bucks instead of buying the Keynote app.
This has been tested and confirmed to work in MacOS Sierra, El Capitan, OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion, it may work in past versions but I just accidentally stumbled across it when looking at the 7″ iPad templates.
If you’re having difficulties or want to try on an older version of Mac OS X, try forcing Preview to open the file by holding down the command+option keys while dragging the .key document onto the Preview apps icon the Dock.