PowerPoint Viewer Requires Installation?

Mike Niedringhaus and I had a short thread yesterday about whether the PowerPoint Viewer really requires installation. I claimed in my previous post that it didn’t. Mike insisted that you had to either install PowerPoint or install the Viewer. Turns out we were both sort of right.

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Presenter View

Another question from Superman: Can I view notes while presenting in PowerPoint? Answer: If you have PowerPoint 2002 (a.k.a. PowerPoint XP) or PowerPoint 2003, you can use Presenter View. While all the audience sees if your normal slides, you the presenter can: View thumbnails of upcoming slides. Click a thumbnail to jump to a particular…

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Multimedia in PowerPoint

Figuring out how PowerPoint plays movies and sounds can be perplexing to say the least. Andrew May has written two new MSDN articles on the subject: The first article talks about how PowerPoint plays your multimedia file.  There are some nice flow charts that show the process PowerPoint uses to decide which media player to…

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Slide Master

Superman asked me yesterday: In PowerPoint, I have a bunch of slides and I want to apply one font to all their titles and another font to all their body text. How do I do this without having to edit all these slides one by one? The answer is a master slide. First let’s create…

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View Shortcuts

You’re probably familiar with the three little buttons in the bottom-left corner of PowerPoint that let you switch views: [image] [Normal View] [Slide Sorter View] [Slide Show] Did you know you could press Ctrl or Shift while pressing them to invoke all sorts of crazy commands? Here’s a table summarizing what you can do:  …

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New PowerPoint Viewer

A big focus of the PowerPoint team for the 2003 release was working on a brand new PowerPoint Viewer. The previous viewer had been written for the PowerPoint 97 release, and was missing a bunch of newer features, most notably: newer animations and slide transitions password protected presentations animated GIFs These have all been added….

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Ellipsis

An ellipsis can be useful to have in a diagram: [diagram picture] I’ve been asked on several occasions how to make one of these puppies, so I thought I’d publish the steps I saw one of my coworkers use: Launch Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Get the Drawing toolbar to show up if it’s not already…

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Slides From Outline

PowerPoint is great for creating and presenting a presentation, but you may not feel comfortable organizing your thoughts or writing text there. Although PowerPoint has an outline pane (see the Outline tab in the image below in the upper-left?), I often prefer organizing text in Microsoft Word or Notepad, where I can focus on my…

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Command-line and PowerPoint Show files

PowerPoint supports a handful of command-line parameters. Use these to create special Windows shortcuts (right-click the desktop | New | Shortcut) or to perform PowerPoint tasks quickly from the command prompt. Of course you need to modify the commands based on where you installed PowerPoint: Open a presentation “x:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\powerpnt.exe” “filename.ppt” Print a presentation…

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Slideshow shortcut keys

PowerPoint has a bunch of shortcut keys you can use while presenting in slideshow mode. A few of my favorites: B blacks out the screen and W turns the screen white. Hit the key again to go back to your slides. I find this useful for hiding slides during breaks in the middle of a…

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