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PowerPoint Questions

Asked by Tek1979 on 2009-03-20

I have a couple of questions about PowerPoint functionality...

First, is there a way that you could get rid of the manual timer, optionally, and just allow the ppt show to play through to the end before switching off to whatever comes next in a layout? This way I wouldn't need to know the exact run time of a given ppt slide show.

Second, is there a way to get rid of the scoll bar that appears along the right edge of the screen?

I already figured out the "Do you want top open or save this file" situation, maybe the client could take care of this on installation? Also, any sounds from the computer's default sound scheme for IE will play when the slides change. It seems the obvious answer is to disable all sound schemes as well. Thanks for adding the Chicago time zone!! Keep up the good work.

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Hi Tek

Dan will know more, but I don't think there's a way to remove the timer requirement, because we don't directly embed Powerpoint, we don't know when the show is finished (or indeed if you intend to let it loop multiple times before it finishes).

To fix your Powerpoint problem, before you upload your Powerpoint, go to "Slideshow -> Setup Show" then in "Show Type" choose "Browsed by an individual (window)" and make sure "Show Scrollbar" is unticked.

Dan is best placed to address the installer issues as he knows what the limitations of the MSI packager we're using are.

Cheers

Alex

Shahid (smalik-albion) said : #2

Depending on the MSI packager (looks like a standard InstallShield msi?), you could just edit in the requisite win32 registry change.
*also dependent on installed Powerpoint version...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q299824/

I'm pretty sure the correct value is the default. I've never had to change it on any of my clients.

You still need to make the change in the Powerpoint file itself to hide the scrollbars though.

Cheers

Alex

Nate (nate-derose) said : #4

Regarding the powerpoint length. For those situations where your "layout" is really just a single powerpoint, would there be a way to not enter a length, but instead just have it loop indefinitely?

> Regarding the powerpoint length. For those situations where your
> "layout" is really just a single powerpoint, would there be a way to not
> enter a length, but instead just have it loop indefinitely?

I think the best you could do is set a duration of say 86400 seconds (ie 1 day). That said I've never tested with a duration that long.

Alex

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