PPT97: How to Start a PowerPoint Presentation in Slide Show View

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This article discusses how to open a presentation in PowerPoint 97 and have it run automatically as a slide show.


There are several different methods to run a slide show automatically.

Method 1: Change the File Name Extension to .pps

Change the name of the presentation so that it has a .pps extension. It opens as a slide show when you double-click it.

For more information about renaming files and folders, click the Index tab in Windows 95 Help, type the following text
double-click the selected text, and then double-click "Changing the name of a file or folder" to go to the "To change the name of a file or folder" topic.

Method 2: Modify the PowerPoint Shortcut to Start the Slide Show

Create a shortcut to start the presentation in slide show view. To create this shortcut, right-click the presentation and drag the file to your desktop. When you release the mouse button, click Create Shortcut Here.

Method 3: Create a Shortcut to a Presentation with a .pps Extension

  1. In Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0, right-click the shortcut icon for Microsoft PowerPoint, click Properties, and then click the Shortcut tab.

    In Windows NT 3.5 and 3.51, click the Microsoft PowerPoint program icon, and then click Properties on the File menu.
  2. In the Target box or the Command Line box, enter the path to Microsoft PowerPoint.
  3. Add a startup switch to the end of the path.

    To start a PowerPoint presentation in slide show view, type the path for PowerPoint and then type /s <filename>. For example, type the following:
    C:\PowerPoint\powerpnt.exe /s myfile.pps

Method 4: Run the slide show from the Start menu

On the Start menu, click Run, and type the following command:
<path>Powerpnt.exe /s <filename.ppt>
For Example, type:
C:\PowerPoint\powerpnt.exe /s myfile.ppt


Article ID: 190375 - Last Review: November 9, 2000 - Revision: 1.0
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Standard Edition
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