Shadows: PowerPoint 2010 Compatability
Several of our visitors have contacted us to ask how to solve difficulties with drop shadows that have arisen when a file saved in earlier versions of PowerPoint is opened in PowerPoint 2010. We asked our design team to provide a solution to the compatability issues, and the answer is outlined below.
It is worth noting that it is best for PowerPoint users to avoid using 2003 files in PowerPoint 2010 when possible, as it seems to cause no end of issues. Microsoft may have proclaimed that the versions are compatible to a degree, but our designers have found that many features do not translate as expected.
PowerPoint 2010 Drop Shadow Compatability
When importing earlier versions of a file into PowerPoint, whether or not you experience issues with drop shadows depends on how you apply the shadow.
If you apply the shadow in 2003 using the text shadow options then you should not experience any issues when playing the file in 2010.
To rectify the problem in 2010 you must remove the non-compatible shadows and reapply them using 2010 shadow effects. If PowerPoint will not let you edit the shadow then you are probably running the slides in compatibility mode (PowerPoint 97 – 2003 presentation). This will limit 2010 functionality to that of a 2003 version. Remove compatibility mode by going to ‘save as’ and selecting pptx file type, which will be named ‘PowerPoint Presentation’.
You should then be free to edit, remove, and reapply 2010 shadow options and animations via the PowerPoint 2010 toolbar.
Has this solved the probelm? Have you discovered more compatability issues within PowerPoint 2010, or encountered other PowerPoint difficulties in general? Leave a comment below with any queries you may have, and we’ll get m62′s design team on the case!
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