How can I open a locked PowerPoint presentation to use the graphics?

David Hill May 20, 2012

Is it possible to open a locked PowerPoint. I would like to use some of the graphics.

  1. Kannon Y
    May 22, 2012 at 5:29 am

    As Oron and Alan have indicated, if you know it's OK to use the material within a PowerPoint presentation, give the info in this article a shot:

    I can't speak for the authenticity of the material within the link. But it's relatively straightforward: more or less, if you want to get through a PowerPoint password you would use a program that effectively guesses the correct combination of numbers, letters and symbols. There are many kinds of approaches to this concept, which range from "brute force" to "rainbow" algorithms. A brute force algorithm simply applies a linear approach whereas a rainbow uses (for example) commonly used passwords.

  2. Oron
    May 21, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Depending on how it was "locked", it is sometimes possible to open the presentation in a different program, such as LibreOffice or GoogleDocs.
    That said, Alan Wade makes a good point. Do take the original author's intentions into account!

  3. Alan Wade
    May 20, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    By locked do you mean password protected?
    It will no doubt, be protected for the very same reason as you would like it unprotected - to stop people copying the material within it. On top of that you need to think whether the author has the material copywrited or not.
    Maybe a few more details will help.....