>pps files won't open as SHOW with Task Scheduler


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Guest

I am trying to automate the running of a PowerPoint presentation. I have
saved it as a .pps file, but when invoked with the Task Scheduler, it opens
in Powerpoint just like a regular .ppt file, not running the show. I instead
associated the .pps files with the free MS Powerpoint Viewer, but this, too,
did not work, even though I associated the .pps file with the viewer, it
still opened up in regular Powerpoint, but not as a running show, just like
before, like a .ppt file. Anybody got any ideas how I can do an automated
launch of a PP Show?
 
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Michael Koerner

How are you scheduling your task in the Task Scheduler?

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Michael Koerner [MS PPT MVP]


|I am trying to automate the running of a PowerPoint presentation. I have
| saved it as a .pps file, but when invoked with the Task Scheduler, it
opens
| in Powerpoint just like a regular .ppt file, not running the show. I
instead
| associated the .pps files with the free MS Powerpoint Viewer, but this,
too,
| did not work, even though I associated the .pps file with the viewer, it
| still opened up in regular Powerpoint, but not as a running show, just
like
| before, like a .ppt file. Anybody got any ideas how I can do an automated
| launch of a PP Show?
 
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Steve Rindsberg

Maitakeboy said:
I am trying to automate the running of a PowerPoint presentation. I have
saved it as a .pps file,

How, exactly.

And have you changed Windows' (asinine) default of hiding file extensions of
known file types?

In an Explorer window, do you see file extensions on all of your files?
 
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Michael Koerner

Do you have the option in Task Scheduler to edit the command line options?
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Michael Koerner [MS PPT MVP]


|A very vanilla task, using the wizard to launch a .pps file.
|
| "Michael Koerner" wrote:
|
| > How are you scheduling your task in the Task Scheduler?
| >
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| > Michael Koerner [MS PPT MVP]
| >
| >
| > | > |I am trying to automate the running of a PowerPoint presentation. I
have
| > | saved it as a .pps file, but when invoked with the Task Scheduler, it
| > opens
| > | in Powerpoint just like a regular .ppt file, not running the show. I
| > instead
| > | associated the .pps files with the free MS Powerpoint Viewer, but
this,
| > too,
| > | did not work, even though I associated the .pps file with the viewer,
it
| > | still opened up in regular Powerpoint, but not as a running show, just
| > like
| > | before, like a .ppt file. Anybody got any ideas how I can do an
automated
| > | launch of a PP Show?
| >
| >
| >
 
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Michael Koerner

According to his first post he is saving as .pps

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Michael Koerner [MS PPT MVP]


| On the File menu, click Save As.
| Save as PowerPoint Show. Your slide show file will be saved with a .pps
| file extension.
|
| Schedule this file. It will always open in slide show mode.
|
| Tethys Solutions, Expert Services Group
| http://www.tethyssolutions.com/ask-the-expert.htm
| SMART Macro & Automation Software
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Shyam Pillai

Yes, the task scheduler requires that you set up the PPS file as follows:

1. Create a task in the scheduler to start the PowerPoint show at startup
2. The run field in the scheduler should be this:
"<path>\POWERPNT.EXE" /s "<pathtoppt>\MyShow.pps"
Note: Replace <path> with the path to the PowerPoint executable and
<pathtoppt> with the path to the presentation.
 
G

Guest

That's exactly what I've done, and it still is opening it as a .ppt, so that
it doesn't run automatically as a show.
 
G

Guest

Yes. I thought that might be the problem. I downloaded the Powerpoint Viewer
and set that as the default for .pps, but it still opens in regular
Powerpoint like a .ppt.
 
G

Guest

This did it. Only since I had associated the .pps files with Powerpoint
Viewer, I had to invoke that program.
Thanks a bunch, Shyam.
 
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DP

Please excuse my slowness. But, what is the scheduler so I can resolve the
same problem? Thanks
 
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