Open, Edit & Create a Keynote File (.Key) in PowerPoint on Windows PC

Last week, I sent a Keynote presentation to a friend of mine. He told me that he could not view the presentation because PowerPoint could not open it. So I decided to write this article.

Keynote is an Apple software. The Keynote app is the Mac presentation software similar to Microsoft PowerPoint on Windows computers. Keynote lets you create and deliver beautiful presentations.

By default, any Keynote file is saved as a Keynote format file with a “.key” file extension (e.g. macreports.key).

Many people do now own a Mac computer or an iOS device. This means that they can not download and install the Keynote app, as this app is exclusively developed for Apple devices. And some people may require to open Keynotes in Microsoft PowerPoint.

So, if you own a PC, here is how you can open a Keynote document. This article details three easy ways to open Keynote files on a Windows PC?

See also: Open / Edit a .Pages File On a Windows PC and .pages file format

How to access (open, view, edit and even create) a Keynote presentation on Windows PC

There are three ways you can do this:

1.iCloud: The Easier Way

You can use Keynote on a PC using iWork for iCloud by signing into iCloud. See how:

  1. You can create an Apple ID on the web. Visit the Apple ID account page in any web browser (Safari, Firefox, Explorer, Chrome, etc) on any device and sign up for a free Apple ID account. The following browsers can be used:
    1. Safari
    2. Firefox 9 or newer
    3. Google Chrome 7 or newer
    4. Microsoft Edge
    5. Microsoft Explorer 11 or newer
  2. This (singing up) will get you 5GB of free cloud storage to save your documents. You do not need to purchase an Apple product to create this account. Anyone can do this.
  3. Once you sign up, this means that now you can use iCloud Drive at Now sign in to iCloud by visiting
  4. Now click Keynote.iCloud > Keynote
  5. Now you can create a new presentation or edit an old one by uploading.
  6. Click Settings and Upload Presentations…This will upload your keynote presentation that you have on your computer.upload your file to cloud
  7. Now you can view and edit this file via your web browser.
  8. If you want, you can convert this file to the PowerPoint presentation format (.ppt or pptx) so if you feel more comfortable you can make more editing on your computer using Powerpoint. To do this:
  9. Select the Tools icon
  10. Then click Download a Copy…download file from iCloud
  11. Choose your download format. You can choose (a) Keynote (b) PDF (c) PowerPoint. After your selection, then your download will start. So that you can edit your presentation.
  12. If you want to send this file as a Keynote file again after you complete your editing. you can again do so by using iWork for iCloud by following the same steps described above (upload and convert) and hit the Send button by selecting Tools and Send a Copy.send a keynote file

2. Ask the person who sent/created the file to send as a PPT (or PPTX) file

This is another way. If you receive a Keynote file and do not want to use iCloud for whatever reasons (e.g., you do not want to have an Apple ID), then you may do this. The Keynote app lets users save files in any format. Here is how:

  1. Open the Keynote app on a Mac
  2. Then go to File > Export to… > PowerPointkeynote mac
  3. You can choose: .ppt or pptx format. You may want to use .ppt if you know your friend is using an old version of PowerPoint. To do this, click Advanced Options.export your keynote file as powerpoint
  4.  Click Next and Export. This will save this. You can send it.

3. Change the name

This method involves changing the file’s name. If you use this method, you can preview the content of the presentation but you cannot edit, unlike the other two options above. To use this method, we will need to change the .key file’ extension. Here is how:

  1. Save the keynote file on your computer (e.g. macreports.key)macreports key file on windows
  2. Then right-click the file and select Rename
  3. Change the file’s extension to .zip (e.g. change to zip
  4. Now open this new zip file. You will see a few files and folders. Double click the Preview file and now you can preview the key file on windows

See also: How To Download Zip Files Without Unzipping

Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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4 thoughts on “Open, Edit & Create a Keynote File (.Key) in PowerPoint on Windows PC”

  1. probably the most useless workaround I’ve ever seen… truly incredible… why do I care what the first pages looks like? I wanna see the whole presentation


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