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We create presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint, which we share with colleagues in Google Drive. (Note: We use Drive for historical reasons - moving to OneDrive is not currently an option).

Unfortunately, when someone follows a link to a PowerPoint file, the default behaviour is to open this in Google Slides. If that person edits the file in Slides, the formatting tends to screw up.

Is there any way to technically prevent this from happening? The only workarounds I have at the moment are procedural:

  • Ask/train people not to do this.
  • Use file histories to revert to earlier versions when mistakes happen.

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