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Unable to open .pps attachments from windows mail in windowsvista

Error message reads: "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Associations control panel."

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  • cfessler Dec 31, 2008

    Thank you for your prompt response...I have windows vista not windows xp...can you still help? Thanks!

  • cfessler Dec 31, 2008

    Thanks!..the instructions worked like a charm! Happy New Year!

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First you need a program to open them with. PPS files are PowerPoint Shows which is a part of Microsoft Office. If you do not have Office, you can download a free PowerPoint Viewer at:

PPViewer Download


Comment back if you have any trouble.

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If you have Windows XP:
Manual fix

  • Click Start, Run and type CONTROL FOLDERS
  • In the Folder Options applet that opens, select the File Types tab
  • Scroll down and locate the following entry:
PPS (Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Show)
Unable to open .pps attachments from windows mail  - ppsopen.png
  • Click Advanced
  • Click the New button
  • Type Open in the the Action: text box
  • In the Application used to perform action: field, type the following exactly:
For PowerPoint Viewer 2003:
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\PowerPoint Viewer\pptview.exe" "%1"
For PowerPoint Viewer 2007:
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\pptview.exe" "%1"
  • Uncheck the Use DDE box
  • Click OK, OK
  • Close the Folder Options dialog
-Tha Mp3 Doctor

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