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    Auto open as attachment (1997)

    I would like to know how to have a PowerPoint presentation auto-start when e-mailed to someone. They would double click the
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    Re: Auto open as attachment (1997)

    Send it as a PowerPoint slide show, then it will run and can nopt be changed.
    Also PowerPoint will not be required on the viewing machine.

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    Re: Auto open as attachment (1997)

    As Dave says, send it as a show. He's just a little faster than me. The easiest way to create a show is to just rename the nnn.ppt file to a nnn.pps file.

    pps files and ppt files have the same content, but PowerPoint will open a pps file as a show. The person receiving the pps file will have to have PowerPoint on their machine. HTH --Sam
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    Re: Auto open as attachment (1997)

    Send it as a PowerPoint slide show, then it will run and can nopt be changed.

    Just a point of clarification: Saving as PPS does not protect the file at all. You can open and edit a PPS by opening PowerPoint and going to File/Open. The PPS file opens in edit mode, where it can then be changed.

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    Re: Auto open as attachment (1997)

    Thanks I stand corrected.

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    Re: Auto open as attachment (1997)

    The first time I tried to
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    Re: Auto open as attachment (1997)

    Oh, no worries. It's a common misconception. I've even seen it printed in a couple of PPT books (!!), so I do what I can to make sure people realize that PPS isn't a protection panacea. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Auto open as attachment (1997)

    But some of them are protected and will not open in PowerPoint. How is this being done?

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    Re: Auto open as attachment (1997)

    A PPT file (or a PPS file) can be protected in a few different ways. Usually, it's with a password which has been applied in either PPT 2002 or 2003. If a password has been applied in these versions, PPT 97 and 2000 won't be able to open the files at all, since those versions were around long before the password capability. If you try to open a passworded presentation in PPT 97 or 2000, you'll get an error message similar to that you'd see when a file is corrupt.

    Is that what you meant? Otherwise, just opening the PPT program and then using File/Open will open the PPS for editing.

    For protecting PPT 97 and 2000 files, there are a number of possibilities listed at http://www.rdpslides.com/pptfaq/FAQ00038.htm. It's possible you've been seeing something like the "show within a show" technique or the "save as images" technique. If someone's used those techniques in their PPS file, it may seem uneditable even when opened from within the PPT program.

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