How To Repair Powerpoint Application

At some point in time, we may experience issues with our PowerPoint application; it may not open or respond, crash, or presents errors that we’re unable to fix. This is not uncommon, and thankfully, Microsoft PowerPoint comes with a built-in repair feature that can help resolve these issues when they occur. This guide will walk you through the steps to repair your PowerPoint application.

Repairing PowerPoint from the Control Panel

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to repair your PowerPoint application from the Windows Control Panel:

  1. Close all open Microsoft Office applications.

  2. Go to the Start menu and select Control Panel.

  3. In the Control Panel, choose Programs and Features.

  4. In the list of installed applications, find and select the Microsoft Office suite or the standalone Microsoft PowerPoint application.

  5. Click on Change at the top of the Programs and Features window.

  6. Select Repair and follow the prompts. You may have to restart your computer after the repair process is complete.

Quick Repair and Online Repair

If you’re using an Office 365 or Office 2016/2019 suite, you have two repair options: Quick Repair and Online Repair.

Quick Repair runs faster but only detects and then replaces corrupted files. Online Repair, on the other hand, takes longer but is more comprehensive as it reinstalls the complete package.

Repairing PowerPoint using Command Prompt

If the above method doesn’t work, you can try repairing PowerPoint using Command Prompt:

cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OfficeXX
powerpnt /safe

Replace “XX” with your PowerPoint version number. If PowerPoint opens successfully in Safe Mode, it means that the application itself is fine, but there’s a problem with add-ins, modules, or extensions that are interfering with its operation.


Experiencing problems with your PowerPoint application can be frustrating, especially if you’re in the middle of important work. However, with the above steps, you can easily repair your PowerPoint application yourself. If the problem persists, consider reaching out to Microsoft Support for assistance.