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    Hyperlinks that don't need activ (Powerpoint 2002)

    I need to create a presentation that will run all day long in our lobby. I would like to include occasional links to URLs that will be activated without clicking on something. Does anyone know if this is possible? I'd also like to be able to use parts of web pages without launching IE, or showing the entire screen. For example, we'd like to include a live traffic camera without using the whole news site. The camera would come on periodically during the commute hours, not in the morning or mid-afternoon.

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    Re: Hyperlinks that don't need activ (Powerpoint 2002)

    What a great question!
    If this is possible at all it will have to be done through VBA. Let's see if some of the PPT gurus join the thread.
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    Re: Hyperlinks that don't need activ (Powerpoint 2002)

    Shyam Pillai has a PPT addin called "live web" that will help with the URL updating. It has browser controls, but it would be worth checking out. http://www.mvps.org/skp As far as activating the URL without clicking anything, I'm 99% certain Shyam's Live Web activates the webpages without mouseclicks/mouseovers. However, can't for the life of me figure out how you'd be able to accomplish this without a browser of some sort. I'm not even sure that could be done with VBA, to tell the truth!

    I also don't know how you could show just part of the site, but you might be able to do just the traffic camera part if that were hooked up to your computer (like a webcam or camcorder or something). Martin Conradi has mentioned in the MS PPT newsgroups that his company has created software to do this kind of thing with an ATI All in Wonder video card. You might shoot him an email. http://www.showcase-online.co.uk (I think there's contact info on his site.)

    And finally, you'll want to be aware that long-running PPT kiosk shows like this sometimes stall out after a period of time. (How long? you ask. Well, that depends on a myriad of factors, so I couldn't even begin to hazard a guess for this particular presentation.) One way around it is to have the presentation restart occasionally, say, at midnight when nobody's watching. Tushar Mehta gives good instructions on how to auto schedule PPT presentations at http://www.tushar-mehta.com

    I went a little link-happy, I do believe. But hopefully that will at least get you started.

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    Re: Hyperlinks that don't need activ (Powerpoint 2002)

    Great info - thanks!
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