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    printing a screen from the PowerPoint viewer (2000 SR1)

    I'm working on a presentation that I would like to distribute to users who do not have PowerPoint. I'd like them to be able to print the final screen of the presentation. Is this possible? Would a macro work? If so, how do I set it up so that it will print the current slide only, and choose the default printer on the user's PC? When I use the macro record feature, I get this code (below). Thanks!

    Sub SlidePrint()
    '
    ' Macro recorded 5/29/2002 by ANGELA
    '

    With ActivePresentation.PrintOptions
    .RangeType = ppPrintCurrent
    .NumberOfCopies = 1
    .Collate = msoTrue
    .OutputType = ppPrintOutputSlides
    .PrintHiddenSlides = msoTrue
    .PrintColorType = ppPrintBlackAndWhite
    .FitToPage = msoFalse
    .FrameSlides = msoFalse
    .HandoutOrder = ppPrintHandoutHorizontalFirst
    .ActivePrinter = "ClientANGELA#UNITED_HEALTH_GROUPAXHDWR1P1_NDPS.IS .UHG"
    End With
    ActivePresentation.PrintOut
    End Sub

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    Re: printing a screen from the PowerPoint viewer (2000 SR1)

    I've never tried to actually do what you are attempting, but I see at least a couple of pitfalls. First, I don't know that the PPT Viewer can actually run a macro - testing it to see if it works would be a good first step. The second issue is the assignment of the printer. As you can see, the macro has chosen a specific printer, which only you are likely to have. Are you having any success at making this work?
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    Re: printing a screen from the PowerPoint viewer (2000 SR1)

    As Wendell indicated, the PowerPoint viewer will not execute macros. There are lots of other things it won't do, so be sure to try it out before distributing your presentation. I think that manual instructions are your only option. --Sam
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    Re: printing a screen from the PowerPoint viewer (2000 SR1)

    I didn't even try! I knew the macro call to a specific printer would be an immediate problem, so thought I would post the question out here before trying to move ahead.

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    Re: printing a screen from the PowerPoint viewer (2000 SR1)

    Is there a way to manually print a single screen from the PowerPoint viewer? The user I'm working with said she was not able to do this (I have the full version on my PC so it's kind of hard to test).

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    Re: printing a screen from the PowerPoint viewer (2000 SR1)

    OK, I'm back again. When I actually opened the viewer (instead of just opening the presentation directly and selecting "Open With"), I was able to find this help screen. What are these command line switches? I tried typing "/p" while a presentation was open and it "didn't do nada". Any ideas? I can't pull up a print dialog box while using the PPT viewer!
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    Re: printing a screen from the PowerPoint viewer (2000 SR1)

    Just a guess, but it looks like you would create a file, say JUNK.LST, which has one line:
    <pre>myPres.ppt /p</pre>

    Then if you open junk.lst with the viewer, you would get all of the slides printed.

    Just found the answer to your original question: you can only print all of the slides with the viewer. See Q143005. Sorry! --Sam
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    Re: printing a screen from the PowerPoint viewer (2000 SR1)

    In version 8.0 of the viewer, which is the one that can handle PowerPoint 2000 files even though the download is named ppview97.exe, if you right click the slide you can call up the print dialog. (An option needs to be set to do this, but I think it's the default.) Fortunately, the issue identified in the article Sammy posted has been fixed in the current version of the viewer. While the dialog does not include a current slide option, it does let you choose a slide range. If the user wants to print the last slide, it's easy because the last slide number is indicated in the "To" box. The user will need to enter the same number in the "From" box before printing.
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    Re: printing a screen from the PowerPoint viewer (2000 SR1)

    OK, I just tried that. I do get a print dialog box, which is good, but only when I open the viewer and open the presentation from there. If I open the presentation from it's file name (choosing Open With, PPT viewer) I don't get the print option when I right-click.

    This is SO frustrating <img src=/S/wartgun.gif border=0 alt=wartgun width=73 height=24> because we want to set this up to be easy for our users, and the more clunky steps involved the worse it is. Now instead of emailing around a presentation which they can double-click and open, we have to email it around, give them directions on where to save it, how to open the viewer and browse to the saved file, and then how to print the one slide they need.

    I am grateful that it is at least a possibility, of course. Thanks everyone for your help! <img src=/S/bow.gif border=0 alt=bow width=15 height=15>

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