How to Save a Keynote .key as PowerPoint .pptx Presentations on Mac
Keynote presentations are saved as .key files by default, but because Keynote runs only on Apple system software and iCloud you can’t always open a .key presentation on PowerPoint. The simplest solution to this is to save a Keynote .key presentation as a PowerPoint .pptx presentation, which can then be opened in Microsoft Office, Google Slides Docs, Keynote, OpenOffice, or just about any other presentation app regardless of the platform it runs on, whether it’s Windows, Linux, another Mac, or even iPad.
What we’re going to do is save the Keynote presentation file as a Powerpoint presentation file using the apps Export ability. Essentially this converts the Keynote .key file to a Powerpoint .pptx file. You can do this with a new presentation or an existing Keynote presentation file, it does not matter. For best results you’ll want to update Keynote to the latest version available to your Mac.
Note that if the Keynote file is password protected you would want to unlock the file before saving as a Powerpoint file.
How to Export Keynote Files (.key) as PowerPoint (.pptx) on Mac
- Create a new presentation or open an existing Keynote presentation on the Mac with Keynote app
- Go to the “File” menu and choose “Export To” and choose “PowerPoint”
- At the Export screen, be sure you’re at the “PowerPoint” tab and then choose under Advanced options the Format: “.pptx” and click the Next button
- Select the file name and destination where to save the Keynote file as a Powerpoint presentation
The .pptx presentation file format is generally more compatible with a broader set of apps and operating systems compared to the native Keynote .key file format, so this can be helpful if you’re working across platforms or there is some compatibility issue with a Keynote presentation. The PowerPoint file format is also generally recognized by most other presentation apps, including Google Slides, Microsoft Office, other versions of Keynote on the Mac, OpenOffice, and even Preview in Mac OS. Similarly, you may find it useful to save Pages files as Word .docx format too, especially if you’re in an environment where you’re on a Mac but other users are on various Windows PC with Office suite.
The saved .pptx file will be fully compatible with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Powerpoint, and it can then be opened in those apps on a Windows PC or Mac.
You can also choose .ppt format if you are trying to make the Keynote .key file compatible with a much older version of Microsoft Office and Powerpoint.
Remember, the preview versions of Microsoft Office 2016 suite for Mac is a free download, and the Microsoft Office apps for iOS are free to download too, so if you’re on the fence about getting those apps and working with the native Office file formats directly rather than iWork suite you can try them out on your Apple devices first without any particular commitment.
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