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    Auto starting a Powerpoint presentation (2000)

    It must be simple, but I can't find it anywhere: how do I force a Powerpoint document to start the presentation immediately, so a user doesn't have to push the F5 button?

    I would like to start a Powerpoint presentation from a CD ROM. I can open the document automatically after inserting the CD-ROM but I can't get Powerpoint to start the presentation automatically.

    I don't want to use a autoexec macro.

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Auto starting a Powerpoint presentation (2000)

    Okay, so I was stupid. The solution is saving the file as a PPS (Power Point Slideshow).

    Hope I didn't spoil to much bandwidth ;-))

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    Re: Auto starting a Powerpoint presentation (2000)

    It should be simple, but it isn't. Fortunately, MS MVP Sonia Coleman has it all laid out here. For links to other sources and solutions, check out MS MVP Echo Swinford's post. --Sam
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    Re: Auto starting a Powerpoint presentation (2000)

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    > The solution is saving the file as a PPS
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    That doesn't get the CD to autorun the presentation, does it?
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    Re: Auto starting a Powerpoint presentation (2000)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>Edited by gwhitfield on 21-Feb-02 06:52.</P>Hyperlinks added

    No, I use winopen.exe (see http://www.duckware.com/winopen.html) to autorun the CD. In the autorun.inf I make a reference to the pps file.

    Works like a dream, a photographer friend of mine now uses it to show off his photographs to potential new clients.

    Thanks for all the input!

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    Re: Auto starting a Powerpoint presentation (2000)

    I downloaded Winopen but I still can't get the Powerpoint show to run.
    I have used the Pack & Go feature in Powerpoint which creates an .exe file for Powerpoint viewer (Powerpoint does not have to be loaded on the computer to run the show this way.), and I can get the autorun to work opening the .exe file. My problem is that you still have to click on the presentation to get it going. Can you advise what I need to write in the autorun.inf for it to take the next step to start the presentation?

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    Re: Auto starting a Powerpoint presentation (2000)

    >I have used the Pack & Go feature in Powerpoint which creates an .exe file for
    >Powerpoint viewer and I can get the autorun to work opening the .exe file.
    So you copied the ppview32.exe and all the other files (the dll's etc) included in the pngsetup.exe to the CD-ROM and the presentation as well? If you have put just the pngsetup.exe on the CD, you will still need to 'install' it.

    > My problem is that you still have to click on the presentation to get it going. Can you > advise what I need to write in the autorun.inf for it to take the next step to start
    > the presentation?
    You mean the viewer starts and askes you for the presentation? It looks like you can give the file name of the presentation as a command line option to make it start automatically.

    So if the autorun.inf has a statement 'ppview32.exe' to get it started what should work is replacing that statement with 'ppview32.exe mypres.ppt' where you replace mepres.ppt with the name of you presentation. Make sure the presentation is in the old dos-format: no more than eight + three characters, it looks like the viewer doesn't accept long file names. Hope this works.

    Good luck,

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    Re: Auto starting a Powerpoint presentation (2000)

    Basically that is what is happening, but I'm not sure I am explaining it properly or understanding what you are trying to tell me. - I have no knowledge about writing code so bear with me please.

    My autorun.inf file looks like this:

    after the [Autorun] command line I have a separate line:
    open=ppview32.exe

    That works fine but the it only opens to another screen that requires you to click and open the powerpoint presentation.

    My questions is - exactly how do I tell it to go ahead and open that file so I don't have to click and open the file. How would I write the code? Is it a separate line?

    I have tried a separate line
    openfile=doming.ppt
    but that doesn't work.
    I have tried a separate line
    open=doming.ppt
    but that didn't work either.
    I have tried
    open=ppview32.exe doming.ppt
    and that doesn't work.

    I know I am missing something very simple. HELP!
    Appreciate your time.
    Tks.
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    Re: Auto starting a Powerpoint presentation (2000)

    There are some command line options for the PowerPoint Viewer that should allow you to get it up and running. If you start the viewer, look for a Help button; I don't have it on this machine, but there was another thread recently that might have a screen shot of it.

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    Re: Auto starting a Powerpoint presentation (2000)

    > My autorun.inf file looks like this: after the [Autorun] command line I have a separate line:
    > open=ppview32.exe

    > That works fine but the it only opens to another screen that requires you to click and > open the powerpoint presentation.
    I've seen that screen. It is a 'Open file' screen, right? You select the ppt and then the presentations start.

    > My questions is - exactly how do I tell it to go ahead and open that file so I don't
    > have to click and open the file. How would I write the code?
    > I have tried
    > open=ppview32.exe doming.ppt
    > and that doesn't work.
    And that should work.

    I've tested it yesterday, used the 'Pack and Go' function, started it and let it extract it's files to a directory on my hard drive. I then burned all the files, winopen.exe and autorun.inf to the root directory of the CD. In my case the presentation starts immediately, without the open file screen.

    My presentation was called 'san-nl.ppt' so my autorun.inf looks exactly like this:
    [autorun]
    open=ppview32.exe san-nl.ppt

    Are you sure the autorun.inf you burned on your CD is the correct one, so has the right file name in it? In your case if the presentation is called doming.ppt, your autorun.inf on the CD should be:

    [autorun]
    open=ppview32.exe doming.ppt

    I've checked to see if the file name is case-sensitive and it isn't. I've used Powerpoint 2000 and Windows 2000 is the operating system. Shouldn't make a difference, really.
    You could test if the ppview32.exe works correctly by starting it from the command prompt. Insert the CD into your CD-drive. Select 'Start', 'Run' and type 'command' or 'cmd' (depending on your operating system). Go to the root of you CD-drive (i.e. type 'D:' if the CD-drive has drive letter 'D' and then type 'ppview32.exe doming.ppt'. That should start the presentation immediately. If it doesn't your version of ppview32 doesn't support this command line option. If it does start, then make sure your autorun.inf is correct. By the way, to test your winopen.exe you can type 'winopen ppview32.exe doming.ppt' from the command prompt, that should work as well.

    Hope this helps, because I'm running out of ideas!

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    Re: Auto starting a Powerpoint presentation (2000)

    Thank you so much for all of your help.
    I finally got it to autorun - it works great! Like I said - don't understand code so it took me a while to figure out how to write 2 lines! HA.

    Have another glitch though - my links to the .pdf files won't work now! Fix one thing and have another problem - isn't that the way. It says "document cannot be found". I made all of the links relative and they worked before I had the autorun working. Not sure why it's happening but I re-did the whole thing making sure my file names were not longer than 8 characters. I even loaded Acrobat Reader. If you have any ideas on what might have caused that I would appreciate hearing them.

    Thanks again. The autorun thing works great!
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    Re: Auto starting a Powerpoint presentation (2000)

    You're welcome! I learned something myself, so it was a useful exchange.

    I'm afraid the link business is beyond my scope of expertice. Good luck, though!

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