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Is there a way to convert a downloaded Keynote (from slideshare) file to a PowerPoint file (or an open format like Open/LibreOffice) online?

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Are you wanting to know how to convert a keynote file to a powerpoint file? Or what kind of formats are you wanting? – Stephen Jun 12 '12 at 17:35
I wouldn't actually call Powerpoint "open"... – patrix Jun 13 '12 at 14:44
@patrix you're correct, I meant either open in powerpoint or open in a different "open" format such as open office. – bchol beisi neeman Jun 13 '12 at 14:47
@bcholbeisineeman Why not just open it in Keynote, click Export and choose ppt (PowerPoint). Obviously, transitions are lost due to compatibility, but I assume converting does not do that either. – Felix_Sim Jun 11 '14 at 16:44

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Zamzar claims to convert Keynote files to different formats (including PowerPoint) online. I don't use Keynote, so I can't vouch for the quality of the conversions, but here's one review of the free file conversion service.

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Good find. It seems to convert Keynote files quite well -- at least as well as Powerpoint does itself: elements are separate, with editable text fields. – nthonygreen Jun 13 '12 at 2:44
I just tried Zamzar and compared it with the "Export..." function in Keynote. Unfortunately, the .ppt file from Zamzar had to be "repaired" by powerpoint, resulting in the same flaws observed when exporting from .key to .ppt within Keynote. Hence, no improvement (at least for me and my keynote presentation. – Stingery Oct 9 '13 at 17:37

Here is how you can do this...

  1. Sign in / up for iCloud at
  2. Open the online "Keynote" app
  3. Drag your Keynote file onto the browser window
  4. Keynote browser app will open your presentation
  5. Make any changes etc.
  6. Click the wrench icon on top right, and select "Download a copy"

Click the wrench icon on top right, and select "Download a copy" 7. Keynote will prompt you with option to download a PPT / PDF / Keynote file

Keynote will prompt you with option to download a PPT / PDF / Keynote file 8. Select PPT and ye shall receive a Powerpoint version :-)

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Wow, I didn't know about This was exactly what I wanted. I was nervous about uploading my file to some other site like Zamzar. I'm glad Apple has its own free solution. Thanks. – Ryan Aug 21 '14 at 16:59
This is not "Here is how you can do this..." but "The only correct way to do it" – EDP Nov 17 at 6:01

I don't know if this is what you are after but this YouTube is a video on exporting a keynote slideshow as a powerpoint presentation. There is also Zamzar.

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thanks but i'm looking for a way to convert an already downloaded keynote (from slideshare) to ppt – bchol beisi neeman Jun 12 '12 at 17:42

Simply Export the file out of Keynote as a Powerpoint. It does a dang good job of maintaining the formatting.

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