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PowerPoint 2007 to EXE in Microsoft Windows

Learn how to create an EXE from PowerPoint 2007.

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: PowerPoint 2007 and IExpress

Date Created: October 21st 2008
Last Updated: February 27th 2009

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Part III: Getting Ahead with IExpress

  1. In the install program options, just type in:

    pptview.exe sample.ppt

    Here sample.ppt is the name of your PowerPoint presentation. Figure 11 shows how I typed in this command.

    Remember: At all times, especially when you are creating new presentations or linking media to presentations, try using the old DOS 8.3 naming structure where the actual file name does not exceed 8 characters and the extension does not go beyond 3 characters. Of course, it you are working with PPTX files native to PowerPoint 2007, you can extend this rule to a somewhat ironic 8.4 naming structure.

    Click Next.

    Install program to launch
    Figure 11: Install program to launch

    Alternative: You might want to use the constant 'pptview.exe /L /S playlist.txt'. That will open the playlist created in Package to Folder. Less likely to have typos on the user's part if they just cut and paste. Also, the /S switch tells the Viewer to open without a splash screen. Much cleaner for a self-executing file.

  2. In the next screen (see Figure 12), opt to hide the installation program's window. Click Next.

    Show window
    Figure 12: Show window

  3. Since we want the entire process to be as transparently invisible to the end-user as possible, we'll opt to include no message (see Figure 13). Click Next.

    Finished message
    Figure 13: Finished message

  4. You need to provide a path and name for your finished standalone EXE presentation now. Place it in the same folder as the presentation (or anywhere else) and give it a small name, preferably something that uses the old DOS 8.3 file naming convention (see Figure 14).

    Provide name
    Figure 14: Provide a name

  5. Within other options, check the box that hides the file extracting progress animation. Remember to check the other box that allows you to store files using long file names within the package, even though I've suggested you already use the 8.3 file naming convention for all files in this tutorial. Click Next, as shown in Figure 15.

    Figure 15: Options

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