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Suddenly I can't see images in my Powerpoint Presentation anymore!!

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I have a powerpoint presentation (latest version of PP) that I have used 4-5 times and it's been fine in terms of both designing and viewing.

Today, I go into it to make some changes and although I can see the images in the left side 'slide selection' column I can't see them in the slide design area!! There is a place holder on the relevat slides and when I run the presentation I can also see the images fine ... I just can't see them in design area. I can only see the placeholder.

This is very frustrating as I am trying to design slides without being able to see the images. I have gone through all the options and menu's and can't see an option to turn off images. I dunno what I have done so this has happened. I am running Win XP Pro with SP2. System very stable and apps up to date.

HELP!!
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by:bruintje
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the file could be corrupt, try to open a new, blank presentation and "Insert" the slides from the existing file

else you could look at

title : Microsoft kb article on general approaches to corruption
source : http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q207377

title : PowerPoint FAQ on corruption
source : http://www.rdpslides.com/pptfaq/FAQ00108.htm 

title : disappearing Notes text related to Fast Save on the Mac, nothing about disappearing text boxes though
source : http://www.rdpslides.com/pptfaq/FAQ00063.htm 

hope this helps a bit
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by:condyk
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Thanks, but I tried the 'new' presentation route and the problem is still there. I don't think microsoft support suggests are relevant. The presentation opens and presents as normal. The issue is about images not appearing in the design window. They appear on presentation and in the left hand side selection column, so they are definately there.
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by:bruintje
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which version is this?
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by:bruintje
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oh i see, 2003
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by:bruintje
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some things that come to mind

can you delete a picture and add it again? is it visible then? maybe paths changed or something
update the video driver
did you change the screen resolution
did you install any other software before this happened?
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by:condyk
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Video driver is totally current and screen resolution is the same as always. I have only installed SP2 for Win XP recently. I have tried adding some images from the correct folder and they don't appear in the design window either. The ONLY thing I can corrolate re. timeframe with this problem is viewing someone elses presentation, which may have been designed on an older version of PP. That also failed to display images in design window, but that was the first time I noted the problem.
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by:bruintje
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well i'm out of options at this point.

the only thing to try would be changing screen resolution see if that makes a difference
are they visible in print preview?
look at the patch for the NAV [if you're using it] http://support.microsoft.com/?id=329820
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by:Geetesh_Bajaj
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If you want, I could take a look at the problem presentation for you - just post one slide of the presentation anywhere online and post the download URL here.
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by:condyk
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Here's the link:

http://www.coachinglab.co.uk/presentation.ppt

Good luck :-)
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by:bruintje
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the control toolbox will only be available when you have a userform in the code editor if that was what you meant to see
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sorry wrong thread
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Geetesh_Bajaj earned 2000 total points
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Condyk, I have no problems viewing the slide in normal view, slideshow view, slidesorter view and outline view. I tested it using both PowerPoint 2000 and 2003.

I suggest you bring down your hardware acceleration - this page shows you to how move up the acceleration - just reverse the procedure.

How to set graphics hardware acceleration back - http://snipurl.com/steveaccelerate

Do let us know how it fared.
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by:condyk
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Nice work ... nice link! I took it down to just less than 50% and cured. Put it up just one notch and problem back. So, I'm now a happy chappie after two days of painful design work ... should be a breeze from now on.

Thanks to bruintje as well for your sterling support efforts.

Ta!

Dave :-)
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