How to Open a PowerPoint File Displaying the "Repair Presentation" Error

If you're encountering an error in PowerPoint stating, "PowerPoint found a problem with content in [filename].pptx. PowerPoint can attempt to repair the presentation," when trying to open a file generated from Redokun, follow the steps below to open the file without the repair message:

Disabling Protected View in PowerPoint's Trust Center

  1. Open PowerPoint: Start the PowerPoint application on your Windows machine.
  2. Go to the File tab: Located at the top-left corner of PowerPoint.
  3. Select 'Options': This option is towards the bottom of the menu that appears after clicking the File tab. Clicking on it will bring up the PowerPoint Options window.
  4. Navigate to 'Trust Center': On the left sidebar of the PowerPoint Options window, you'll find 'Trust Center'. Click on it.
  5. Access Trust Center Settings: Within the Trust Center panel, click on the 'Trust Center Settings' button.
  6. Navigate to 'Protected View': In the Trust Center Settings window, click on 'Protected View' from the left sidebar.

    Disable Protected View: Here, you'll see several checkboxes related to different scenarios where Protected View is activated:

    • Uncheck all the boxes to disable Protected View for all scenarios.
    • Confirm by clicking 'OK' on the Trust Center Settings window, and then 'OK' again on the PowerPoint Options window.
  7. Open your problematic PowerPoint file: Try opening the PowerPoint file generated from Redokun once more. The repair message should no longer appear, allowing you to access your presentation directly.

⚠️ Important Safety Note: Disabling Protected View can leave your system susceptible to potential threats from harmful files. Only deactivate this setting if you're certain about the source of your PowerPoint files. After accessing and working on trusted files, consider re-enabling the Protected View settings to maintain a secure working environment.

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