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Mac: Certain presentations crash PowerPoint 98 and 2001

Problem

Certain presentations created on newer versions of PowerPoint (2002 and later) crash PowerPoint 98 and 2001.

Cause
There is a bug in the release versions of PowerPoint 98 and 2001 that cause them to crash when they encounter presentations with multiple masters.

Solution

Download and install the latest updates for PowerPoint

If applying the update doesn't cure the problem, then the multiple masters bug isn't responsible.

Be sure to check out the procedure for Recovering a Corrupt or Unreadable Presentation as well as General Troubleshooting Tips for PowerPoint in the Classic OS

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Mac: Certain presentations crash PowerPoint 98 and 2001
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Last update 07 June, 2011
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