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This article discusses how to open a presentation in PowerPoint 97 and haveit 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 inWindows 95 Help, type the following text
double-click the selected text, and then double-click "Changing the name of afile 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 createthis shortcut, right-click the presentation and drag the file to yourdesktop. When you release the mouse button, click Create Shortcut Here.
Method 3: Create a Shortcut to a Presentation with a .pps Extension
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.
In the Target box or the Command Line box, enter the path to Microsoft PowerPoint.
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: