What is a .POTM File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .potm extension and you don’t know what it is? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .potm file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .POTM file?

The .POTM file extension stands for Microsoft PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Presentation Template. It was developed by Microsoft. This data related file is in zip format.

What to know

There are currently 8 software that can open the .potm file on 6 platforms.

How to open a .POTM file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .POTM file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .POTM file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .potm file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the OpenOffice Impress software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use SoftMaker Office and OpenOffice Impress software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .POTM file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the OpenOffice Impress software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .POTM file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .potm file on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the OpenOffice Impress software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Apple Keynote, Apple Preview, Planamesa NeoOffice and OpenOffice Impress.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .POTM file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the OpenOffice Impress software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .POTM file on Linux

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .potm file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the LibreOffice software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: OpenOffice Impress and LibreOffice.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .POTM file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the LibreOffice software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .POTM file on Android

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .potm file on Android in simple steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .POTM file in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

You need to locate the Google Play Store and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the Google Slides software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. The other software that opens the .potm file on Android is Google Slides. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .POTM file on iOS

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .potm file on iOS in few easy steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

To open the file, you will need to download the Google Slides software. Please search for it in the iOS App Store and install it. The other software that opens the .potm file on iOS is Google Slides. Congratulations! You can now open your file on iOS.

How to open a .POTM file in the Browser

The currently known web apps that can open this file are: Google Drive and Google Slides. Just right click on the file and choose “Open With” on your OS.

Still cannot open the .POTM file?

If you cannot open the .POTM file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .POTM file.potx – Microsoft, .pov – Persistence of Vision Raytracer, .pov – ProSystems, .pow – Microsoft, .pp – Pocket Physics. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .POTM file with the OpenOffice Impress, SoftMaker Office programs on Windows, OpenOffice Impress, Apple Keynote, Apple Preview, Planamesa NeoOffice programs on Mac, LibreOffice, OpenOffice Impress software on Linux, Google Slides software on Android, Google Slides software on iOS and Google Drive, Google Slides programs in the Browser.