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PPT97: Contents of PowerPoint 97 Viewer Readme.txt File

ID: Q170329

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97 for Windows

SUMMARY

The Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97 includes a file called Readme.txt. This file contains information about installing, using, controlling, and distributing the PowerPoint Viewer 97. The "More Information" section of this article contains the complete text of this file, which is located in the root folder on the PowerPoint Viewer 97 compact disc, and which is installed to the same folder as the Viewer when you install the Viewer from

the Internet.

MORE INFORMATION

Contents

Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97 for Windows 95 and Windows NT What's New in Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97 System Requirements for PowerPoint Viewer 97 Ordering Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Contents Technical Support for Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97

   Microsoft Knowledge Base
   The World Wide Web
   TechNet
   Microsoft FTP site
   Microsoft FastTips

Information on Using Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97

   Navigating through a Slideshow
   Command-line switches
   Play list files (.lst)
   Interaction with Pack and Go
   Viewing presentations with RealAudio sounds
   Viewing presentations within Netscape Navigator

Controlling PowerPoint Viewer 97 from Other Applications

   ViewerApplication
   ViewerSlideShowView

Known Problems Installation and Maintenance

   Install from floppy disk
   Install from Web browser
   Maintenance mode
   Uninstall

Distribution of PowerPoint Viewer

   Disk distribution
   Distributing PowerPoint Viewer 97 on network servers

PowerPoint Viewer 97 Installed Filenames and Locations

Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97 for Windows 95 and Windows NT

Microsoft(r) PowerPoint Viewer 97, is a freeware product that allows you to

view and print Microsoft PowerPoint(r) 97 documents. Like previous versions

of PowerPoint Viewer, the latest version can also open presentations created with all previous versions of PowerPoint for Windows(r), and version 3.0 and above of Microsoft PowerPoint for Macintosh(r). You cannot edit a presentation in PowerPoint Viewer 97. Microsoft encourages you to distribute PowerPoint Viewer 97 with your PowerPoint 97 presentations to people who are not using Microsoft PowerPoint 97. (See the section "Distribution of PowerPoint Viewer" for further information.)

Microsoft(r) PowerPoint Viewer 97 will not run on Windows 3.1. Windows 3.1 users should instead install PowerPoint Viewer for Windows 3.1. PowerPoint Viewer for Windows 3.1 is available online as a self-extracting executable file (PptVw16.exe) at any of the following locations:

  • Microsoft's World Wide Web site on the Internet: On the www.microsoft.com
  home page, click the Support icon. Then click Knowledge Base, and select
  the product and search for articles that contain the text "PptVw16.exe".
  The articles will contain hyperlinks so you can download the file.
  • Internet (anonymous FTP): Use a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) utility to
  connect to ftp.microsoft.com with anonymous logon. Then change to the 
  Softlib\Mslfiles folder. Use the GET command (get PptVw16.exe) to 
  download the file.
  • Microsoft Download Service (MSDL): You can connect to this bulletin board
  by dialing (425) 936-6735. Then follow the instructions to download a 
  file and download "PptVw16.exe".

A disk set containing both viewers can also be ordered from the Microsoft Order Desk, at (800) 360-7561, for a standard shipping and handling charge.

What's New in Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97

Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97 provides full fidelity display of PowerPoint

97 files including the new animations, graphics effects, action settings, hyperlinks, and custom shows. Printing and password protection for kiosk- style slide shows are also supported.

In addition to running as a standalone application, Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97 is optimized for displaying PowerPoint presentations inside Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.x and later. PowerPoint presentations can also be displayed within Netscape Navigator 2.x or higher. (See the section "Viewing Presentations within Netscape Navigator" for more information.)

System Requirements for PowerPoint Viewer 97

  • A personal computer with a 486 or higher processor * Microsoft Windows(r) 95 operating system or Microsoft Windows NT(r)
  Workstation operating system 3.51 with Service Pack 5.x or later 
  • 4 MB of memory for Windows 95 (8 MB recommended) * 12 MB of memory for Windows NT Workstation * 7 MB of hard disk space (9 MB free for installation only) * VGA or higher-resolution video adapter * Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

Ordering Microsoft PowerPoint 97

If you would like to order the retail version of Microsoft PowerPoint 97, contact the Microsoft Order Desk at (800) 360-7561 in the U.S., visit the Microsoft Online Shop (http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/Referral /PR_CountryLocation.idc?ProductFamilyCode=POW), or contact your local Microsoft subsidiary. To locate your subsidiary, see the Microsoft World Wide Offices Web site at:

   http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/default.htm 

Technical Support for Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97

Microsoft Technical Support provides a number of no-charge options for you to obtain technical information about Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97. These

options include Microsoft Technical Support Online, the Microsoft Knowledge

Base, the Microsoft PowerPoint Product Support phone line (425) 635-7145, and Microsoft FastTips. Because PowerPoint Viewer 97 is similar to PowerPoint, information on a particular topic such as printing from PowerPoint may also be pertinent to PowerPoint Viewer 97. Keep this similarity in mind when you look for technical information on any PowerPoint Viewer 97 issue you may encounter.

Microsoft Knowledge Base

The Microsoft Knowledge Base, the same information source used by support professionals, contains thousands of technical and support-oriented articles on

Microsoft products, including PowerPoint Viewer 97. You can access the Knowledge Base from any of the following sources.

The World Wide Web

To access the Knowledge Base on the World Wide Web, use the following address:

   http://www.microsoft.com/support/mtshome.htm

Click Knowledge Base and follow the detailed instructions on the page.

TechNet

TechNet, the Microsoft Technical Information Network, is a technical information subscription service providing valuable technical information about Microsoft products, including the Microsoft Knowledge Base. The subscription service includes 12 monthly updates to the TechNet CD-ROM. For

TechNet subscriptions or information, call (800) 344-2121.

Microsoft FTP Site

The Microsoft FTP anonymous server provides access to the Microsoft Knowledge Base for those users who have access to an FTP program service provider. To access the Microsoft Knowledge Base through the Microsoft FTP site, do the following:

1. Log on to your Internet account.

2. At the Internet prompt, type

      open ftp.microsoft.com

   Or use the following IP address:

      open 207.46.133.140

3. In the User Name field, type

      anonymous

4. In the Password field, type your full electronic mail address (for

   example, johndoe@test.com).
  

5. At the prompt, type "cd deskapps\powerpoint\kb" (without the quotation

   marks) to go to the KB directory.

6. Once you are in the KB directory, download the ReadMe.txt and Index.txt

   files located in that directory. ReadMe.txt contains important 
   information regarding KB articles on the Internet FTP server and how to 
   access them. Index.txt contains a list of article titles and article IDs
   for each article.

Microsoft FastTips

Microsoft FastTips is an automated, toll-free service that provides quick answers to commonly asked technical support questions on key Microsoft products. FastTips also offers a comprehensive library of technical information and access to a faxable catalog of technical white papers and data sheets.

You can have any FastTip mailed or faxed to you from the automated Microsoft FastTips Technical Library, which you can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (800) 936-4100.

Information on Using Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97 ---------------------------------------------------

Navigating through a Slide Show

Go forward:         Left mouse button, or PAGE DOWN key
Go previous:        PAGE UP key
Exit:               ESC key
Menu of commands:   Right mouse button
Help:               F1 key

Command-line switches

PowerPoint Viewer supports some command-line parameters to circumvent the user interface (UI). Command lines should be of the following format:

   ppview32.exe [command-line switches] "<path\powerpnt file name>"

The following command-line parameters are supported:

   Automatic advance      /A or /a
   Slide range            /R=n-m or /r=n-m where n<=m
   Loop continuously      /L or /l
   Print                  /P or /p for printing file
   Kiosk password         /K or /k for setting a kiosk mode for file
   Macro virus dialog box /V or /v for showing the macro virus dialog box

Play list files (.lst)

PowerPoint Viewer supports .lst file types. This file type allows multiple files to be presented by specifying the files in a .lst file. List files should be of the following format:

   [command-line switches] "<path\powerpnt file name>"
   [command-line switches] "<path\powerpnt file name>"
   etc...

The following command-line switches are supported:

   Automatic advance      /A or /a
   Slide range            /R=n-m or /r=n-m where n<=m
   Loop continuously      /L or /l
   Kiosk password         /K or /k for setting a kiosk mode for file
   Macro virus dialog box /V or /v for showing the macro virus dialog box

Interaction with Pack and Go

PowerPoint 95 defaults to packaging the 16-bit viewer (PptView.exe). PowerPoint 97 defaults to packaging PowerPoint Viewer 95. It is possible to

use Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97 for Windows. This is accomplished by installing the new viewer. After installing PowerPoint Viewer 97, the Pack and Go wizard will automatically detect and use the new viewer.

Long filenames are truncated to 8.3 format on Windows NT.

Viewing presentations with RealAudio sounds

Some PowerPoint presentations may contain links to RealAudio sounds. Using RealAudio provides better audio performance when viewing presentations over

a network connection. However, the RealAudio player is not installed by PowerPoint Viewer 97 Setup. You can install the RealAudio player from the following Internet address:

   http://www.realaudio.com

Viewing presentations within Netscape Navigator

In order to view PowerPoint presentations within the Netscape Navigator browser window you must install the ActiveX plug-in for Netscape Navigator (versions 2.x or higher). You can download and install this plug-in from the following Internet address:

   http://www.microsoft.com/powerpoint/internet/viewer/ 
   

Note: There are known problems when this plug-in is used with Internet Explorer and earlier versions of Office applications. Do not install this plug-in if you are using, or plan to use, Internet Explorer and Office 4.x or Office 95 applications.

Controlling PowerPoint Viewer 97 from Other Applications

PowerPoint Viewer 97 contains an object model that allows control of the slideshow from an external application or from VBScript. Below is a summary

of the PowerPoint Viewer object model.

  ViewerApplication 
  #define _ppMsoTriStateMixed -2
  #define _ppTrue -1
  #define _ppFalse 0

  typedef enum
  {
     ppSlideShowManualAdvance = 1,
     ppSlideShowUseSlideTimings,
  } EPPSlideShowAdvanceMode;

   IPPViewerSlideShowView *NewShow( [in] BSTR fileName,
         [in] EPPViewerSlideShowAdvanceMode mode, 
         [in,defaultvalue(_ppFalse)] MsoTriState kiosk );

  void Quit( void );

  ViewerSlideShowView 
     void Next();
     void Previous();
     void GotoSlide([in] int Index, [in,defaultvalue(_ppTrue)] _
          MsoTriState ResetSlide );

     void GetNumSlides([out] int* count );
     void GetCurSlide( [out] int* slideId );
 
     void Exit();

Known Problems

1. Netscape Navigator Web browser: If PowerPoint Viewer is installed to a

   directory that uses long filenames containing a space, some beta 
   versions of Netscape Navigator 2.0 do not recognize PowerPoint files 
   embedded into HTML documents with the EMBED keyword. This can be 
   corrected by installing PowerPoint Viewer to a directory without spaces.

2. Pack and Go: If either PowerPoint 97 or PowerPoint Viewer are installed

   to a directory that uses long filenames containing a space, Slide Show 
   will not run automatically when the file is unpacked. The file will have
   to be opened manually from either PowerPoint or PowerPoint Viewer after
   it is unpacked.

3. Pack and Go: Hyperlinks to other presentations may not work properly if

   Slide Show is run automatically during the unpack process.  Instead,
   open the file manually from PowerPoint Viewer after unpacking is 
   complete.

4. Pack and Go: In order to pack PowerPoint Viewer 97 using PowerPoint 95

   Pack and Go, please install PowerPoint Viewer 97 and the patch for 
   PowerPoint 95 Pack and Go. Both will be available on the PowerPoint Web
   site:

      http://www.microsoft.com/powerpoint/internet/viewer/ 

5. Kiosk Password: If the user follows a hyperlink to another presentation,

   then presses the ESC key, the Password dialog box will be displayed.
   After dismissing the dialog box, the user will be returned to the main 
   presentation.  Pressing the ESC key a second time will exit PowerPoint 
   Viewer without showing the Password dialog box again.

Installation and Maintenance

Install from floppy disk

1. Close all other applications and ensure that you are not running any

   utilities or virus protection programs.

2. Insert the disk labeled "Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97 for Windows

   Disk 1" into the 3.5" floppy disk drive.

3. On Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0, click the Start button and click Run.

   On Windows NT 3.51, click the File menu and select Run.

4. Type <drive letter>\setup.exe and press ENTER.

5. PowerPoint Viewer 97 Setup will prompt you for a folder in which to

   install PowerPoint Viewer. The default folder location for PowerPoint 
   Viewer is \Program Files\PowerPoint Viewer (C:\PowerPoint Viewer on 
   Windows NT 3.51). 

6. After choosing the folder location for PowerPoint Viewer, click Install.

7. Follow the instructions and insert the appropriate floppy disk, when

   prompted.

Install from Web browser

 

1. Download Ppview97.exe to your local hard drive.

2. Close all other applications and ensure that you are not running any

   utilities or virus protection programs.

3. In Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 or the Windows NT 3.51 File Manager,

   double-click the PowerPoint Viewer icon. This will run an unpack utility
   that extracts the PowerPoint Viewer 97 distribution files and starts the
   PowerPoint Viewer 97 Setup program.

4. PowerPoint Viewer 97 Setup will prompt you for a folder in which to

   install PowerPoint Viewer. The default folder location for PowerPoint 
   Viewer is \Program Files\PowerPoint Viewer (C:\PowerPoint Viewer on 
   Windows NT 3.51).
 

5. After choosing the folder location for PowerPoint Viewer, click Install.

Maintenance mode

If you have installed Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97, but are observing unusual behavior, you should reinstall it as follows:

 

1. Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0

   a. In the Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs.
   b. Click the Install/Uninstall tab. 
   c. Double-click Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97.

2. Windows NT 3.51

   a. Go to PowerPoint Viewer's Installation Directory.
   b. Run the file Setup.exe.

In all cases, Setup will display a Maintenance Mode dialog box that has a Reinstall button to restore any missing files or settings. Click this button to start the reinstallation.

Uninstall

To remove PowerPoint Viewer 97 from your system, follow the instructions in

this document to start Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97 Setup. When the Maintenance Mode dialog box appears, click Remove All. Once uninstall is complete, start PowerPoint to restore its settings.

 

Distribution of PowerPoint Viewer

Microsoft encourages all users of PowerPoint Viewer to distribute it to friends and colleagues. You can post it to online services, put it on networks, or give it to others on disks.

Disk distribution

Microsoft distributes PowerPoint Viewer 97 on two disks as well as online. The disk set is available from the Microsoft Order Desk, at (800) 360-7561,

for a standard shipping and handling charge.

If you have a Microsoft disk set you can copy the files from each disk onto

a formatted 1.44MB disk. Please label the disks as follows:

   Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97
   Version 8.0
   Disk 1 of 2
   Run Setup.exe from this disk

and:

   Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97
   Version 8.0
   Disk 2 of 2

Labeling the disks in this manner will avoid confusing them with disk sets created from online PowerPoint Viewer 97 files as described in this document.

Creating disks from online files

There are two procedures for creating disks for distribution to other users. The first procedure involves copying files that Setup creates, and must be done just before exiting Setup. The second procedure requires PKZip

(version 2.04), but can be done at any time after downloading Viewer.exe.

Obtain two formatted 1.44 MB disks and follow the instructions below:

1. Setup copy procedure

   a. Label two disks "Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97 disk 1" and 
      "Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97 disk 2".
   b. Run Ppview97.exe to start PowerPoint Viewer 97 Setup. When Setup 
      displays the message "Do you want to install Microsoft PowerPoint 
      Viewer 97?", switch to the Windows 95 Explorer or Windows NT File 
      Manager.
   c. Locate the folder referenced by the "tmp" environment variable. If 
      you do not know which folder this is, do the following:
      * Go to the MS-DOS prompt.
      * Type "set" (without the quotes) at the MS-DOS prompt, and press 
        Enter.
      * Look for the line "TMP=..." to determine the location of your "tmp"
        folder.
   d. Insert the disk you labeled as "disk1" and copy the following files 
      from the "tmp" folder to the disk:
      * license.txt
      * setup.exe
      * setup.ini
      * setup.lst
      * setup.tdf
      * ppview.inf
      
   e. Insert the disk you labeled as "disk2" and copy viewer1.cab to it.

2. PKZip procedure

   You must have the PKZip version 2.04 program for this procedure. This 
   program is widely available on bulletin boards and other online 
   services.
   a. Insert the first disk into your floppy drive.
   b. From the Windows 95 Start Menu or the Windows NT Program Manager, 
      start an MS-DOS command prompt.
   c. At the MS-DOS command prompt type

         pkzip -& <floppy>:\Ppview97.zip Ppview97.exe

      where "<floppy>" is the letter for the drive containing the disk. 
      This command creates an archive that spans two disks. PKZip will 
      prompt you for the next disk when it has filled the current one.

To install PowerPoint Viewer 97 on another machine using the ZIP file:

1. Create a new folder from which to do the install.

2. At the MS-DOS command prompt, type

      pkunzip <floppy>:\Viewer.zip <drive>:\<destfolder>\Viewer.exe

   where "<floppy>" is the letter for the drive containing the disk, and 
   "<drive>" and "<destfolder>" are the drive letter and new install folder
   you want to place Viewer.exe in.

3. Double-click Ppview97.exe to start Setup.

Distributing PowerPoint Viewer 97 on network servers

Creating a network source from a Microsoft disk set

(See "Disk Distribution" in this document for information on obtaining PowerPoint Viewer 97 on disks.)

To create a network source for PowerPoint Viewer 97 installation, create a new folder on the server, and create two subfolders under it: "disk1" and "disk2". Copy the files from each disk into the appropriate subfolder.

To install PowerPoint Viewer on your local drive, or to a personal network location, run Setup.exe from the "disk1" subfolder.

Note: PowerPoint Viewer 97 Setup does not offer an option to run the application from a server ("Run from Server" option).

Creating a network source from the PowerPoint Viewer 97 online files (Ppview97.exe)

The recommended procedure is nearly identical to the "Setup Copy Procedure"

discussed in this document for creating disks from online files. Instead of

copying the files to separate folders for each disk, copy them to a single folder on the network server. Network users may then run Setup.exe from that location on their local drives, or to a personal network location.

PowerPoint Viewer 97 Installed Filenames and Locations

   File name    File size (in KB) Location
   ---------    ----------------- --------

   LICENSE.TXT  5,053             \POWERPOINT VIEWER
   README.TXT   21,708            \POWERPOINT VIEWER
   PPVIEW32.EXE 1,424,144         \POWERPOINT VIEWER
   PPINTLV.DLL  158,208           \POWERPOINT VIEWER 
   RAPPT.DLL    32,768            \POWERPOINT VIEWER
   MSPPT8VR.OLB 5,632             \POWERPOINT VIEWER
   PP4X322.DLL  619,520           \POWERPOINT VIEWER\XLATORS
   PP7X32.DLL   175,104           \POWERPOINT VIEWER\XLATORS
   ACMSETUP.HLP 14,490            \POWERPOINT VIEWER\SETUP
   MSSETUP.DLL  255,488           \POWERPOINT VIEWER\SETUP
   SETUP.EXE    352,256           \POWERPOINT VIEWER\SETUP
   SETUP.STF    Size may vary     \POWERPOINT VIEWER\SETUP
   PPVIEW.DLL   87,552            \POWERPOINT VIEWER\SETUP
   PPVIEW.INF   4,306             \POWERPOINT VIEWER\SETUP
   DOCOBJ.DLL   22,016            \WINDOWS\SYSTEM
   HLINK.DLL    72,976            \WINDOWS\SYSTEM
   HLINKPRX.DLL 12,288            \WINDOWS\SYSTEM
   MSO97V.DLL   1,690,896         \WINDOWS\SYSTEM
   MSORFS.DLL   16,384            \WINDOWS\SYSTEM
   MSV7ENU.DLL  229,136           \WINDOWS\SYSTEM
   T2EMBED.DLL  222,720           \WINDOWS\SYSTEM
   URLMON.DLL   166,160           \WINDOWS\SYSTEM
   WININET.DLL  291,600           \WINDOWS\SYSTEM
   MSIMRT.DLL   14,336            \WINDOWS\SYSTEM
   MSIMRT16.DLL 10,544            \WINDOWS\SYSTEM
   MSIMRT32.DLL 22,016            \WINDOWS\SYSTEM
   MSIMUSIC.DLL 120,320           \WINDOWS\SYSTEM

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Last Reviewed: May 19, 1999