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    Returing to previous page (PPT 2003)

    I would like to know how to track the previous (hyperlinked) page ( as opposed to previous numerical ) so I can use a BACK button that will return to the true previous page not just the one before it e.g. Page 2 has a link to page 9. When you get to page 9 and press a button it goes back to page 2 not 8. I guess I will need a variable to know which page I get to and use that to link back.
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    Re: Returing to previous page (PPT 2003)

    I have PowerPoint 2000, not 2003, but I assume this hasn't changed...

    Edit the hyperlink on your Action button on page 9 (or insert one if you don't already have a Back button). On the Mouse Click tab, define the Action on Click>Hyperlink To: on your Back button as "Last Slide Viewed" instead of "Previous Slide".

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    Re: Returing to previous page (PPT 2003)

    Thanks and that works but only for 1 previous page. I would ideally want to store each page visited in an array which could then be reverse navigated...much like how a web page navigates. At a nominated point the array could be cleared by a button (or each time nominated pages are visited).

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    Re: Returing to previous page (PPT 2003)

    An easy way to do this would be to save the presentation as a web page. Then the forward and back buttons would both be functional in the way that you are looking for. Would this work for your purposes?

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    Re: Returing to previous page (PPT 2003)

    Thanks but I tried the HTM way and the BACK/FORWARD buttons would not activate i.e. greyed out. So I am still needing to track the pages I visited into an array and use that for a reverse navigation.

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    Re: Returing to previous page (PPT 2003)

    Oh, that's odd. I tried it out before I posted and the back and forward buttons worked perfectly for me.

    Sorry I wasn't of any help. Good luck!

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    Re: Returing to previous page (PPT 2003)

    I think that Brett means that the back/forward buttons on the browser would work, not that the back button in PPT would work in the way that a back button in the browser does.

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    Re: Returing to previous page (PPT 2003)

    Exactly....when I tested, I set up links to 9 different pages and clicked through the odds, then evens. Then I used the browser back and forward buttons and it all worked as I had expected.

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    Re: Returing to previous page (PPT 2003)

    OK, I'll try from a new prezo as you have and see. Will update with results.

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    Re: Returing to previous page (PPT 2003)

    I created a PPT and saved it an HTM and could not get the BACK usable. I noticed that if I already had a web page (say www.google) , then saved the PPT as HTM it would use that windows and BACK would be available and after navigating forward within my HTM , pressing BACK took me www.google
    I am using PPT 2003 and used hyperlinked Autoshapes to goto each slide so we might be doing it slightly differently?

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    Re: Returning to previous page (PPT 2003)

    Perhaps that is the problem - that we are taking different approaches - as I'm setting up links through Slide Show>Action Buttons. Then using the Action on Click>Hyperlink To: to assign which slides to link to. Maybe this would work for you?

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    Re: Returning to previous page (PPT 2003)

    I adapted my PPt to include the Action buttons you refer to. @ on the master slide setup as follows - Forward goes to "Next Slide" and Backward goes to "Last Slide Viewed". I then added Action buttons on each slide to navigate to appropriate pages and saved it as HTM. No matter how I navigated the BACK or FORWARD button for for Internet Explorer would never be an option. The Backward button on the master slide correctly went back to last slide I came from i.e. if I came from 1 and was on three I would return to 1 not 2. BUT lets say I navigated as follows 1>3>2 then at slide 2 pressing Backward (from the Master slide) would take me to 3 but pressing it again would take to 2 (not 1) and pressing again would goto 3, so the loop then would be 2,3,2,3.

    Can you navigate beyond 1 previous slide? e.g. so if you navigated 1>4>5.>6>9. You could then by pressing a BACK key go all the way back to 1 but in reverse 9>6>5>4>1?

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    Re: Returning to previous page (PPT 2003)

    And to directly answer your question

    "Can you navigate beyond 1 previous slide? e.g. so if you navigated 1>4>5.>6>9. You could then by pressing a BACK key go all the way back to 1 but in reverse 9>6>5>4>1? "

    Yes, I can go to slides 2>4>6>8>3>5>7>9, and then using the back button (IE's, not PPT's) go back through slides 9>7>5>3>8>6>4>2.

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    Re: Returning to previous page (PPT 2003)

    I moved my action buttons to the master slide just in case that had anything to do with it, but I still got the same results.

    My action button for the previously viewed slide acted the same as yours. If I went from slide 1 to 3 to 5, then went to Previously Viewed Slide, it went to 3, then pressing it again took me to 5 (not 1). It would then go from 3 to 5 to 3 to 5 for as long as I pushed it. Using the browser's back button would eventually take me back through all the slides (ie - 5,3,5,3,5,3,5,3,1).

    Both of my browser buttons work for Forward and Backward. They are greyed out when I first open the HTML file, but as soon as I navigate to a slide, the Back button becomes usable.

    I'm going to guess at this point there may be an option in IE that needs changed? I can't figure out why your browser's navigation buttons don't become active and mine do other than different setups. The other possibility is perhaps there's some difference in PPT 2003 which you're using and PPT 2000 which I'm using. Maybe some "enhancement" for XML or something?

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