In Keynote, you can open any Keynote or Microsoft PowerPoint presentation (files with a .pptx or .ppt filename extension) stored on your Mac or in a service like Dropbox.

If you can’t open a Keynote presentation, make sure that you have the latest version of Keynote from the Mac App Store. If a presentation is dimmed and can’t be selected, it means the presentation can’t be opened by Keynote.

Do any of the following:

  • Open a presentation on your Mac: Double-click the presentation name or thumbnail, or drag it to the Keynote icon in the Dock or the Applications folder.
  • Open a presentation you recently worked on: In Keynote, choose File > Open Recent (from the File menu at the top of your screen). Keynote shows up to the last ten presentations you opened.
  • Open a presentation stored somewhere other than your Mac (like Dropbox or iCloud Drive): In Keynote, choose File > Open. Click the pop-up menu at the top of the window that appears, then choose the location where the presentation is saved. Locate and double-click your presentation.
    The Open window with iCloud Drive selected in the sidebar, a New Document button in the upper-left corner, and the Keynote folder to the right of it

Tip: You can have more than one Keynote presentation open at a time. When you work in multiple presentations, it’s helpful to open them in tabs rather than in separate windows—that way, you can move between them by clicking the tabs in the tab bar. To have Keynote presentations (and all other documents) open in tabs, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Dock. Click the “Prefer tabs when opening documents” pop-up menu, then choose Always.

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