How to Fix PowerPoint Not Opening on Windows 11

This article will discuss some of the possible reasons why PowerPoint might not open And how to fix the problem on your computer!


Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the most popular presentation programs for creating presentions, slideshows and other visual aids, widely used for business, academic and other sectors. Using Powerpoint you can create eye-catching presentations quickly and engage audiences with visual aids such as text, images, and multimedia. However, it can sometimes fail to open due to various reasons. A number of users report, PowerPoint not opening in Windows 11 or PowerPoint not responding after update. It can be frustrating especially if you are in a meeting and have an important presentation to deliver.

Well, there are several possible causes of PowerPoint not opening or responding in Windows 11, including corrupted files, compatibility issues, outdated software, conflicting add-ins or issues with the program itself. Whatever the reason Here we have several troubleshooting steps you can apply to fix Microsoft PowerPoint not opening in Windows 11.

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How To Fix PowerPoint Not Opening

If the PowerPoint presentation file fails to open Restart your computer and try opening PowerPoint again. In addition, you need to ensure the latest version of PowerPoint is installed on your computer. Start PowerPoint in safe mode and disable some add-ins or you need to ‘Unblock ‘ the ppt file that solves this issue of PowerPoint not opening in Windows 11.

End background process

If several times you have tried to open the PPT file but it won’t open, then open task manager the eng the background process. Then try opening PowerPoint again.

  • Open task manager using Ctrl + shift + Esc
  • Look for the Microsoft PowerPoint process, you can search the same using the search bar at top of task manager,
  • Right-click on Microsoft PowerPoint and hit the End Task button.

Restart PowerPoint task

Now Right-click on the PowerPoint icon and select “Run as administrator”. This may help to bypass any security restrictions preventing PowerPoint from running.

In addition ensure, the presentation file you are trying to open is saved in a compatible file format for PowerPoint. If it is not, you may need to convert it to a compatible format.

Check Possible Issues in safe mode

Powerpoint add-ins improve your overall PowerPoint experience but occasionally create a conflict with the app. If PowerPoint not responding or fails to open start PowerPoint in safe mode and disable irrelevant add-ins from PowerPoint and check if this helps.

Sometimes third-party add-ins can cause issues with PowerPoint

  • Press Windows key + R, type PowerPnt /Safe and click ok to open PowerPoint in safe mode.
  • Click on File then Options from the bottom left corner
  • Click on Add-ins, then Select PowerPoint add-ins next to manage then Click Go.

Select PowerPoint add-ins

  • Select an add-in and click Remove.

Unblock the ppt file

Well if you can’t open a PowerPoint file that you have downloaded from the internet or received as an attachment of an Email, then its not opening due to security issues with the PowerPoint file itself. And ‘Unblocking‘ the ppt file will solve this issue on your computer.

  • Right-click the PPT file and select Properties.
  • In the Properties dialog box, look for an Unblock button near the bottom right.
  • If it exists, click Unblock, then click Apply, and then click OK to dismiss the dialog box.
  • Now, attempt to open the presentation again.

Unblock PPT file windows 11

In addition, If you have a corrupted user profile, it can cause issues with PowerPoint. Try creating a new user profile and see if PowerPoint opens.

Check for updates

Make sure that both your Windows 11 operating system and PowerPoint software are fully updated. Sometimes, bugs and glitches can be fixed with a simple software update.

You can update Microsoft PowerPoint from any Office app.  

  • Open Microsoft OneNote or Word on your computer.
  • Select File at the top and move to your Account.
  • Expand Update Options and select Update Now
  • Download and install the latest Office update to fix PowerPoint not opening on Windows 11.

Update Microsoft office windows 11

To update Windows 11 on your PC

  • Press the Windows key + X and select settings
  • Go to Windows Update then hit the check for Updates button,
  • If new updates are available, allow them to download and install from the Microsoft server,
  • Once done, you need to restart your computer to apply the updates.

windows 11 update download

Repair Microsoft Office

It’s one of the effective ways to fix PowerPoint not opening on Windows 11.

If your Office installation is corrupted, you may not be able to open PowerPoint.

  • Press Windows key + X and select installed apps
  • Scroll to Microsoft Office, Click the three-dot menu beside it and select modify option
  • Select Quick Repair and follow the on-screen instructions.

Repair Microsoft office

If repairing Microsoft Office doesn’t resolve the issue, it’s time to reset it.

  • Select Online Repair from the following menu and confirm your decision.
  • Open Microsoft and the app may ask you to log in with Microsoft account details to sync files.

You can refer following video to repair Microsoft Office on Windows 11.

Reinstall Microsoft Office

If all the above solutions fail to fix the problem, it’s time to reinstall Microsoft Office on your computer. This can help to fix any corrupted or missing files that may be causing the issue.

  • Press windows key+ X and select the installed apps,
  • Locate Microsoft Office, Click the More menu beside Microsoft Office and select Uninstall.

Uninstall Microsoft office app

These are some of the most effective Fixes for PowerPoint Not Opening on Windows 11. Let us know which one work for you.


Why is PowerPoint not opening in Windows 11?

  • It may be happening due to security issues with the PowerPoint file itself and Unblocking the PowerPoint file will solve this issue on your computer.

What should I do if PowerPoint is not opening in Windows 11?

  • Repairing the Office installation, disabling PowerPoint add-ins, checking for conflicting software, creating a new user profile, or uninstalling and reinstalling Microsoft Office help fix the problem.

How do I open PowerPoint in Safe Mode in Windows 11?

  • Press the Windows key + R, type PowerPnt /Safe and click ok to open PowerPoint in safe mode.

Can a corrupted user profile cause PowerPoint not to open in Windows 11?

  • Yes, a corrupted user profile can cause issues with PowerPoint in Windows 11. Try creating a new user profile to see if this resolves the issue.

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Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer
With over 7 years of experience in the IT industry, I have experience in IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. Certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.

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