MS PowerPoint 2003 file was blocked by Registry

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Dear All,

I will be needing help as soon as possible. My boss created a presentation on his laptop.

This is a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that was made from Microsoft 2003.

As my boss will be on the compliance leave, he wants me to go to the presentation and practice as I will be the one presenting it in his absence.

Too bad the presentation cannot be move after my boss arrives. It was just fine with me.

So I have extracted the presentation in our shared drive.

But then I am having an issue viewing it. It says that I am attempting to open a file type that is blocked by my registry policy setting.

I badly need help.

The presentation will be in three weeks, and I cannot open the file. I do not want to disturb my boss from his compliance leave.

Techs, please help as soon as possible.

Best Answer by Harpe byers
Answered By 200 points N/A #112318

MS PowerPoint 2003 file was blocked by Registry


First of all, exit your PowerPoint.

  • Click Start and then click Run. In the Open dialog box, enter "regedit" and press OK.
  • Locate this path in your registry tree


  • After locating, click the DWORD value that matches your file type and change the value in the Value Data box from 0 to 1. 0 signifies blocked and 1 signifies unblocked.
  • Now exit the Regedit and then try to run your presentation.
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Answered By 10 points N/A #112319

MS PowerPoint 2003 file was blocked by Registry


Dear Carl,

Your presentation has been locked by your boss in the registry.

To remove the lock please follows these steps:

1. First, take a backup of the data as changing registry with an error could seriously lose your data,

2. Click Start,

3. Find “regedit.exe” (See image below), a separate window will open

4. Then go on Clicking on the drop down menu HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftOffice11.0PowerPointSecurityFileOpenBlock,

5. Search for DWORD value file,

6. Right click the DWORD value file,

7. Click on Modify,

8. Change the value data to 0 (used for blocking) instead of 1 (used for unblocking),

9. Click ok,

10. From the file menu exist from the registry.

Now you will be able to open the presentation. 

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