Passwords for kiosk shows are not supported in PowerPoint Viewer 2003

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When you use the Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to run a presentation as a slide show, you do not have the option to run the slide show in kiosk mode or to set a password.


This problem occurs because the PowerPoint Viewer 2003 does not include an option to specify a password that you must have to exit from, or to switch context away from a running slide show.

In earlier versions of the PowerPoint Viewer this feature also forced the Viewer to display the slide show in kiosk mode disabling all keyboard input and restricted mouse interaction to objects that the slide designer has designated for slide show interaction. However, you can configure your presentation to run in kiosk mode directly from PowerPoint 2003.


To resolve this problem, set your presentation to run in kiosk mode.

Note If you set your presentation to run in kiosk mode during a slide show, every slide must have either slide timings or you must add navigation buttons to each slide. Slide timings automatically advance one slide to the next. To add navigation buttons to each slide, put Action Buttons on each slide, or modify the Action Settings for existing drawing objects, setting them for one of the following actions:
  • Next slide
  • Previous
  • End show
This does not prevent people who are viewing your presentation from pressing the ESC key and stopping the show.

For more information about using Action Settings, click Microsoft PowerPoint Help on the Help menu, type Action Settings in the Search for box in the Assistance pane, and then click Start searching to view the topic.
To set your presentation to run in kiosk mode, follow these steps.
  1. On the Slide Show menu, click Set Up Show.
  2. Click Browsed at a kiosk (full-screen).
  3. Click Using timings, if present.
  4. Click OK.


To work around this problem, you can use the PowerPoint Viewer 97 to view your slide show. However, the PowerPoint Viewer 97 does not support any of the animation and transition improvements made since PowerPoint 97 was released.

You can turn off the advanced features in PowerPoint 2003 to see what the effects would be to your presentation if you ran it through the PowerPoint Viewer 97. To do so, follow these steps:
  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the Edit tab.
  3. In the Disable new features area, click to select the New animation effects check box.
For additional information about how to download and install the PowerPoint Viewer 97, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
126492 PPT: PowerPoint Viewer (32-Bit) Available from Online Services


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


Article ID: 825943 - Last Review: September 12, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
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