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    Read-only presentation (PowerPoint 2000)

    Is it possible to create a read-only version of a Powerpoint presentation?

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    Re: Read-only presentation (PowerPoint 2000)

    Not that I am aware of in PPT 2K. In PPT 2002, there are read only and modify password options.

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    Re: Read-only presentation (PowerPoint 2000)

    Excuse my ignorance here, I don't have a copy of Powerpoint at home. Couldn't you set the file attribute to read only in the right click --> properties menu?
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Read-only presentation (PowerPoint 2000)

    Chris,
    Yes, but something that most any person with basic windows knowledge couldn't work around. I won't speak for the poster, but this is usually something they want "permanent" protection for.

    I've heard there are third party solutions, but've never used any. Try http://www.simplythebest.net/"]http://download.cnet.com/">http://www.simplythebest.net/ or http://download.cnet.com/[/url]

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    Re: Read-only presentation (PowerPoint 2000)

    The answer is ... YES ...
    However, it comes at a price of overhead.

    I believe you are trying to ask, "Is there a way to protect my presentations from others that would alter my work or plagiarize it?"

    Try this. When saving your presentation,
    1. select an image format. It can be gif, jpg, or whatever you want. Then when you click on OK, you will be prompted if you want to export ALL the slides or just that one.
    2. If you click yes, All slides become independent images.
    3. You will then have to INSERT the images as background pictures individually in a new blank presentation. The file size can become quite large depending on, the amount of slides you are dealing with AND/OR the image type used for conversion, hence the cost of overhead.
    4. By making the background of each slide an image is almost completely protected from copy and paste functions, unless they save your presentation as images or copy from either the slide sorter or speaker notes view.

    This is one way that I have found to protect the integrity of my work where everyone that is viewing the material has up to date computers. It doesn't actually protect it but slows down the novice Plagiarizer.

    NOTE: If someone is determined to copy your work, you cannot stop them. There is always a way to defeat any security measure you can impose in PowerPoint.

    Ryan

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