How to Troubleshoot Unable to Open Keynote Document [SOLVED]

How to Troubleshoot Unable to Open Keynote Document

We need to thank user Bill on the Apple Support Community for his advice on how to fix this issue. Also special thanks to our friend Dave for helping us find this answer several months ago.

Unable to Open “docname” because it isn’t a valid Keynote document

How to Troubleshoot Unable to Open Keynote Document

Keynote logoI wanted to repost this here because this just happened to me again and I had to look up the fix. If you’ve had this happen you know it is the most frustrating, debilitating dialog box you’ve ever seen. This fixes it every time.

  1. Don’t panic.
  2. Add .zip to the name of the file*
  3. Double click that file
  4. Open the resulting file.

*make sure you don’t just replace .key — add the .zip after that — so your file is .key.zip This also works if you didn’t have an extension at all – just add both.

Credit: http://www.sawayaconsulting.com/our-blog/troubleshooting-unable-to-open-keynote-document/

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  1. I tried the above trick and it did not work. But zipping and unzipping the file helped reveal the true problem. Apparently I have both the old and new versions of Keynote (5.3 and 6.6.1) on my computer. When I tried to open my 6.6.1 file, for some reason my Mac was choosing to try to open it with Keynote 5.3 and failing. Once I got the right version of Keynote running, the file opened fine. (If this applies to you, you may have to do a “right”-click and choose “Open with…” to pick the right version.)

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