How to open a Keynote (.key) file in Powerpoint on your PC (Windows and Office)

Are you creating presentations on your Mac at home or on the road on your iPad using Keynote but then need to convert them to Powerpoint for use at work on a Windows machine? Or vise-verse, do you need to work with a Powerpoint presentation on your Mac or iPad using Keynote? Maybe you just received a Keynote presentation from a colleague or visiting speaker and need to convert it to Powerpoint. Well, The good news is that opening a Keynote (.key) file in Powerpoint is easier than you think!

Apples Keynote presentation software is designed to create beautiful presentations on your Mac and iPad that stand out from its more famous Microsoft counterpart, Powerpoint. Keynote presentation documents are saved as Keynote format files with “.key” file extensions.

Keynote is an Apple program and therefore only available for Apple Mac and iDevices, there is no Windows version. Because Keynote must be installed on the computer you are using to play Keynote files, Windows cannot play any Keynote files. BUT, if you created a presentation in Keynote but now need to migrate it to Powerpoint, there is a relatively easy way to convert your presentation that allows you to view, edit and play it on a Microsoft Windows system.

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Quick Tips


  • For Mac, File , Export to , PowerPoint
  • On iPads and other iDevices, Share button ; Send a copy ; PowerPoint
  • Use the iCloud website through a browser such as Safari or Chrome and select Settings ; Download a copy
  • Try a third party file viewer

Open a Keynote (.key) file in Powerpoint: Export to PPT

If you created or received a presentation made in Keynote, steps to open, view and edit this file in Windows using Powerpoint

  1. With Keynote, EXPORT your Keynote presentation into a Powerpoint document. Keynote presentations are saved as Powerpoint files (.ppt or pptx). To do this, start the Keynote application, then open the presentation. Select File ; Export to ; Powerpoint , and thats it!
  2. Its just as easy on an iPad using PowerPoint export. Create or work on your presentations on an iPad and then email them to your work account, converted to PowerPoint via your iPad!
  3. If you received a Keynote presentation but do not have an iPad Mac with Keynote installed, ask the person who sent the Keynote slides (or anyone who has the application) to save the Keynote file as a PowerPoint presentation. After that, he or she sends the ppt or pptx file, and you open and edit it on your Windows computer.
  4. Export>

    To export a file to Powerpoint, make a copy of the file when you are ready to send it.

    1. From the presentation manager, tap the Share button
    2. Touch ” Send a copy
    3. Select the document you want to send
    4. Choose Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx) format
    5. Select how you want to send the file (by mail, DropBox, etc.)
    6. Complete the submission process


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    Open a Keynote (.key) file in Powerpoint: iCloud, your other option

    There is something wonderful about iCloud: it allows your Windows PC to use iWork as well! When you use iWork for iCloud, you access all your presentations in any Mac or Windows PC web browser . Keynote for iCloud allows you to open, work, and share your files from any Windows PC or any Internet-connected computer with a compatible browser installed.


    Simply login to, open Keynote and start editing. To work on Keynote for iCloud, you must upgrade your iCloud account to use the iCloud Drive or the Files application. Also, Keynote for iCloud can only download .pptx files, not .ppt.

    Apples iCloud website and iWork even convert their Keynote presentations into Powerpoint files. Heres how:

    • Visit
    • Log in with your Apple ID and password. If you dont have one, create one
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    • Go to the configuration menu and load your Keynote presentation

    • Double>
    • Select ” Download a copy ? ¦ ” then select Powerpoint
    • After this, simply open your Powerpoint file in the usual way on your Windows PC

    Great tip! And the amazing thing is that after the edits, you can use this same iCloud iWork tool to turn your presentation back into a Keynote file

    Present with iCloud, no download or export required.

    Presenting your Keynote presentation through any updated browser is easy! Simply open a browser window (including Internet Explorer Chrome Firefox Safari on Windows) type and log in, then select Keynote for iCloud . Open your presentation and click on the play button, done! Keynote for iCloud also allows you to edit online without downloading.

    Consider your fonts

    With iCloud, the local fonts from your Mac are not transferred to iCloud , so be sure to use the system fonts shared by both your computer and iCloud. If you use local fonts, iCloud replaces them with a system font. Also in iCloud Keynote, some transitions and animations may not play smoothly, depending on your current Internet connection.

    Concerned about fonts and animation transition quality? Then consider saving the file as a QuickTime movie. Quicktime keeps all the same fonts and effects. Of course, your presentation is only visible, no changes or modifications are possible. If you follow this path, make sure Quicktime is installed on the Windows computer you are using.

    Consider an iPad

    An iPad is a great way to present your Keynote slides at business meetings, larger presentations and even in the classroom. If you use a projector or large screen, you (or the technician) should switch the projector input from a computer (or other device) to the iPad.

    But you do need a Lightning to VGA adapter to connect the iPad to the projector or screen . And the iPads have additional advantages by allowing easy on-screen annotation right on top of the Keynote slides!


    Another option is to use the file opening program, such as File Viewer Lite, which opens a variety of formats. In many of these programs, it opens Keynote presentations for review or presentation, but no modifications or changes are allowed.

    Or choose a file converter, such as Zamzar or CloudConvert, to convert your keynote files into PPT (Powerpoint) or PDF formats.

    Going the other way? Powerpoint to Keynote?

    It has never been easier to take your Microsoft Powerpoint presentation from your Windows PC (or Powerpoint for Mac) and import it into Keynote. And Keynote now supports more Powerpoint features like comments, conditional formatting, and even bubble charts. For specific details on what features are supported by Keynote, see the Apple compatibility site .

    Keynote makes opening Powerpoint presentations super easy. Simply open Keynote on your Mac, select import an existing file and choose your PowerPoint presentation . Thats it!

    Keynote supports Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx) and Office 97 or later (.ppt) loads

    Upload a PowerPoint file to Keynote for iCloud

    1. Login to your iCloud account
    2. Click on Keynote
    3. Drag the file you want to upload to the presentation manager and then choose Upload presentation ? ¦
    4. Locate and select the file on your Windows or Mac PC
    5. Your file appears in Keynote for iCloud


    1. Email your Powerpoint presentation or upload it to iCloud Drive, DropBox, Google Drive or other cloud storage service
    2. Go to the application of that storage cloud and select the attachment. When it opens, touch the file and then touch the Share button . Tap Copy to Keynote
    3. Your iPad imports and automatically converts the file to Keynote
    4. After the file is opened, you may receive a message that the file was last edited in an application that is not the most recent version of Keynote for iOS or that Keynote does not support some aspects of the original presentation
      1. Keynote lets you know the exact things it doesnt support or if you made any substitutions for things like fonts