How To Install And Use PowerPoint Viewer In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ‘Precise Pangolin’

Although LibreOffice opens most of the files created by Microsoft Office, you may find yourself in situation where you need to open a presentation created in Microsoft Office but LibreOffice is unable to open it. Here’s how you can install and use PowerPoint viewer in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ‘Precise Pangolin’ to get around this problem:

1. Issue the following command at the terminal and answer with ‘y’ when prompted -

sudo apt-get install pptview

How To Install And Use PowerPoint Viewer In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ‘Precise Pangolin’

How To Install And Use PowerPoint Viewer In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ‘Precise Pangolin’

How To Install And Use PowerPoint Viewer In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ‘Precise Pangolin’

2. Type in ‘pptview’ in the Unity dash and click to launch the ‘PowerPoint Viewer’.

How To Install And Use PowerPoint Viewer In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ‘Precise Pangolin’

3. Navigate and select the PowerPoint presentation you want to view. Click show to launch the presentation.

How To Install And Use PowerPoint Viewer In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ‘Precise Pangolin’

6 Comments

  1. Martin Book says:

    I tried to follow your steps above but it didn’t work. In the terminal, a “picture” came up with the text: “configuring ttf-mscorefonts-installer” and “TrueType core fonts for the Web EULA” And then there is a “END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT…” text… It is still open. There is a “button” (in terminal!?!??!?!) with the text “ok”, looking like this: What do I do?

    • ihaveapc says:

      Use the Tab key to switch focus to “Ok” button and then hit Enter.

      • Martin Book says:

        Oh, that was an easy fix! How unfortunate that I have already closed the window… I followed your steps and came to that “picture” and then I closed the window since I didn’t know what to do. Is it possible to come back to that screen again or re-run the installation to get there? Thank you very much for helping me. Very new to Ubuntu but I like it pretty much… Thanks!

        • Martin Book says:

          I rebooted the system and now the process is running. I will let you know if it works…

          • Martin Book says:

            Yes, after rebooting and going through the process again I am now able to run ppt-viewer. Something seems to be wrong with the quality, though, but at least I can run the files I need for school and I can now hear the sound which I couldn’t by using LibreOffice…. Thanks for your help!

  2. ciro santoro says:

    nothing for pptx files?