PowerPoint 2002 to EXE
By: Geetesh Bajaj
Last Updated: March 2nd 2009
Note: This is part of a set of tutorials that shows you how you can create an EXE from PowerPoint 2002, PowerPoint 2003, and PowerPoint 2007. If you have PowerPoint 2007, the new PowerPoint 2007 compatible Viewer, or the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack installed, then make sure you use the tutorial specific to PowerPoint 2007 only.
The PowerPoint 2003 Viewer and an undocumented Windows utility allow you to create a standalone EXE file from PowerPoint 2002 presentations that can play on any system with Windows 98 SE or higher installed.
This is a two step process.
- Copy the presentation, linked files and the PowerPoint 2003 Viewer runtime files to a folder.
- Use IExpress to create a standalone EXE
PowerPoint 2003 users can perform the first part automatically - however, PowerPoint 2002 users need to do it manually or through a third party utility like Sonia Coleman's PowerLink Plus.
PowerPoint MVP Echo Swinford has permitted me to mirror valuable content from her site that shows you how to do it manually in PowerPoint 2002 - I wish to thank her. If you use PowerPoint often, you must visit her site - it's a repertoire of difficult-to-find-elsewhere PowerPoint content.
I need to add that this technique uses the PowerPoint 2003 Viewer and thus inherits all its abilities and limitations - for instance, it doesn't support OLE or the use of Action Settings | Run Program procedures.
Having said that, this technique outputs much more than a standalone EXE. Other benefits it offers include email, protection, ease of use for the end user, nothing permanently installed, etc.