Something went wrong that might make PowerPoint Unstable Fix

Many Powerpoint users have reported that they are seeing the following error when they working on PowerPoint files that have objects and files embedded in them.


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In this article, let we have discussed some working fixes that might help you get rid of this error.

Fix 1:Run PowerPoint in SafeMode

Step 1: Double-click on the PPT file that you want to open and simultaneously, press the Ctrl key.

Step 2: A dialog pops up as shown below, click on Yes


Dialog For Oprning Powerpoint In Safemode


Step 3: Powerpoint opens in Safe Mode. All the Add-ins are disabled. In case you are not seeing the error, this means one of the Add-ins has caused this issue.

Step 4: To identify the add-in causing the problem, open PowerPoint.

Step 5: Click on the File tab


File Menu


Step 6: Click on More and then click on Options


More Options


Step 7: From the PowerPoint Options window that opens, from the left-hand side, click on Add-ins

Step 8: From the Manage drop-down, choose COM Add-ins 

Step 9: Click on Go


Com Addins Go


Step 10: In the COM Add-ins window, Untick all the Add-ins listed and press on OK


Untick All The Add Ins

Step 11: Enable one Add-in at a time and check if you are seeing the error. This way you will be able to find the Add-in that is causing the problem.

Step12: Once found, take necessary actions.

Fix 2: Quick Repair of MS Office Application

Step 1: Hold the keys Windows+r together

Step 2: In the Run window, type appwiz.cpl, and hit Enter 



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Step 3: In the Program and Features window that opens, locate Microsoft Office Suite or Microsoft 365. Right-click on it and select Change



Change Option



Step 4:  If the UAC pops up asking for permissions, click on Yes

Step 5: In the appearing window, check Quick Repair.

Step 6: Click on the Repair button



Quick Repir


Step 7: Follow the instructions shown and repair the Office programs.

Step 8: If the issue is encountered due to a corrupted Outlook application, this fix will resolve the issue.

Step 9: Restart the application and check if the issue has been fixed.

Step 10: If the error is still seen, try choosing Online Repair and click on Repair. Make sure you have a working internet connection.



Online Repair



Step 10: In the Ready to start an Online Repair Dialog, click on Repair



Confirmtion For Repair



Restart the application and check if the error has been fixed.

Fix 3: Change the File Type to .pptx

If the PowerPoint file that you are trying to open was created using a version of PowerPoint that is not supported by your PowerPoint, then

Step 1: Click on File from the top menu bar

Step 2: Click on Save As from the left-hand side

Step 3: Save the problematic PowerPoint file in  PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation format




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Step 4: Again open the Powerpoint file.

Step 5: Go to File > Save As > Save the file in PowerPoint presentation(*.pptx) format again.


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Fix 4: Uninstall and Re-install MS Office

Step 1: Open Run Dialog

Step 2: In the Run dialog, type appwiz.cpl, and hit Enter 



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Step 3: In the Program and Features window that opens, locate Microsoft OfficeClick on Uninstall.



Uninstall Ms Office



Step 4: Re-install Microsoft Office from Your Microsoft Account Page.

Fix 5: Hit Esc key along with the desired operation

When you see the error message do the following :

Step 1: Press the Esc key. You will notice that the pop-up closes.

Step2: Keep pressing the Esc key until only one pop-up remains

Step 3: Now, hold the Esc key and perform the action like Save, Closeor enable editing

From now on, you should be able to open and save the files without any issues.

Fix 6: Unblock the PPT file

If you are seeing this error from a file that is downloaded from the internet, then do the following,

Step 1: Right-click on the File and choose Properties from the drop-down

Step 2: In the Properties window, make sure you are in the General tab

Step 3: At the bottom, you will see a message This file came from another computer and might be blocked to help protect this computer

Step 4: Tick on the Unblock box next to it.

Step 5: Press on Apply and then click on the OK button


Unblock The File


Fix 7: Uninstall Google Drive File Stream

Many users have noticed this error after installing Google Drive File Stream on their PC, in that case, uninstall the Google File Stream

Step 1: On the taskbar locate the Google Drive File Stream application symbol and click on it

Step 2: Click on the Settings icon as shown below.


Google Drive Preferences


Step 3: From the drop-down choose Preferences




Step 4: Click on the Preference button


Settings Preference


Step 5: Under the Real-time Presence in Microsoft Office section, Tick on See if someone else is editing a shared Microsoft Office file.

Step 6: Finally, click on the Save button.


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Check if the error disappears, if not, you might have to uninstall the Google Drive File Stream.

Step 1: Open Run Dialog using Windows+R

Step 2: Type appwiz.cpl and hit Enter





Step 3: In the Programs and Features window that opens, scroll down and locate the Google File Stream

Step 4: Right-click on it and choose Uninstall / Change


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Fix 8: Delete the Office version folder

Step 1: Open the File Explorer using the keys Windows+E

Step 2: In the Address bar, copy-paste the following,



In Case copy-pasting doesn’t work in your case, navigate to the folder

Step 3: Delete the latest version of Office. In this case, Office 16 is installed, so deleting the 16.0 folder.


Delete The Office Folder



That’s All.

We hope this article has been informative. Thank you for Reading

Kindly comment and let us know which of the above fixes helped.