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Microsoft KB Archive/171632

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PPT97: Error Opening Playlist File With Long File Name

Article ID: 171632

Article Last Modified on 11/9/2000


  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q171632


When you open a playlist (.lst) file, which lists presentations whose file names include spaces, you receive the following error message:

PowerPoint Viewer cannot read <filename.ppt>.

where <filename.ppt> represents a word in the filename. For example, If the first file in the playlist file is

My New Presentation.ppt

you will receive the following three error messages:

PowerPoint Viewer cannot read My.ppt

PowerPoint Viewer cannot read New.ppt

PowerPoint Viewer cannot read Presentation.ppt


PowerPoint Viewer 97 reads the file name up to the space and then attempts to open the file. Because the file does not exist, the error message appears.


To work around this problem, insert quotation marks around the file name. For example, change a playlist file that looks like this:

My New Presentation.ppt
My best presentation ever.ppt


"My New Presentation.ppt"
"My best presentation ever.ppt"

For more information about creating play lists, click the Office Assistant, type playlist, click Search, and then click to view "Create a play list to run presentations from the PowerPoint Viewer."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Microsoft Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component

Additional query words: pptview32.exe list wont open 8.0

Keywords: kberrmsg kbprb KB171632