Open PowerPoint presentation in different modes in Web browser


When you view a Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) document in a Web browser and click a hyperlink that references a PowerPoint presentation, the presentation opens in slide show mode in the browser window. This article explains how to change this default so that you can open the presentation in a separate window or open the presentation for editing.

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Edit Presentation in Web Browser

To edit the presentation in a Web browser, open the presentation in the default slide show mode, and then click Edit Slides on the Edit menu of the browser.

Change Default Mode of Opening Presentations

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

You can add a registry key that controls how a PowerPoint presentation is opened by a hyperlink or from the Address box in a Web browser. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
  2. Locate and click the following key in the registry:
  3. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:
    Value name: BrowserFlags
    Data type: REG_DWORD
    Radix: click Hexadecimal
    Value data: a
  4. Quit Registry Editor.
The value of a causes the presentation to be opened in edit mode. The value of 8 causes the presentation to be opened in a new window in show mode. The value of 0 or the absence of this registry key causes the presentation to be opened in the browser window in show mode.

For additional information about opening presentations in a browser, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
148897 PPT97: Presentations Do Not Open with Web Browser

Article ID: 299824 - Last Review: Mar 15, 2008 - Revision: 1