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    How can I keep PPT from creating a new PPT when I open the app?

    Every time I open PowerPoint 2007, a document is automatically created.

    I never use this document, so I always have to close it to get rid of it.

    Is there a setting or some way to keep PowerPoint from creating this new document?

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    manray,

    It seems the closest you'll come is the /B parameter to start with a blank presentation. Just create a shortcut using
    "c:\path to MS office\office xx\POWERPNT.exe" /B.
    Replacing information as appropriate for your installation.

    Here's a list of all the Command Line parameters for PP. HTH
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    I'll try this, but it sounds like the same problem --- I still end up with a powerpoint (new or blank) that I don't need.

    Many thanks for your quick response.

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    I use PP 2003. When I open PP it has a blank presentation. However, this disappears when I open an existing PP. Does 2007 have a different behaviour? This doesn't seem to be different to any Office app, Word, Excel both have the same behaviour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Here's a list of all the Command Line parameters for PP. HTH
    Link doesn't work.

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    Yes, 2007 has different behavior. When I open an existing document, the blank presentation does not go away - it has to be manually closed. The only way not to have a blank presentation is if I select the file (use right arrow next to PPT link on menu bar) before I open PowerPoint. But I work with many presentations, so this only helpful a small part of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    Link doesn't work.
    It might be http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/po...010153889.aspx

    Manray - perhaps a good reason for not upgrading to a newer version of Office

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    You can start Powerpoint 2007 without any blank new presentation by using:

    "c:\program files (x86)\microsoft office\office12\powerpnt.exe" /c

    (either at Run or as the target of a shortcut)

    Bruce

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    Bruce,

    Sorry about that! I didn't check the link, it is to the PP help file on my hard drive I thought I had a web page.
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    This worked! I created a new shortcut, changed the target and pinned to my start menu. Many thanks!!

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