Powerpoint presentation in window

Posted on 2007-03-28
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Is it possible to start Powerpoint presentation in window without toolbar and surrounding frame - just like full screen presentation but it should be in window?
Question by:zoranl
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by:Karen Falandays
ID: 18807782
Hi zoranl, best way is to save the presentation as a .PPS- powerpoint show. Try file, save as type, PPS

When one clicks to open it will launch in show view

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ID: 18807895
I would like to achieve something like this :
 - create presentation in Power Point
 - in menu Slide Show select option Set Up Show
 - now choose Show Type : Browsed at kiosk and OK
 - and now when you CTRL + click on button for Slide Show, you get window with presentation in upper left corner
I would like to know if I can start presentation like that in the first place?
Maybe something like this : PowerPoint.exe /StartInBorderlessWindow my.ppt

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farmerfarmerfarmer earned 25 total points
ID: 18808066
Go to set up show but select 'browsed by individual' and de-select show toolbar. Then save the file - close it and then change the file extention from ppt to pps. Then when you open it will open full screen slide show mode but in its own window which you can re-size as per normal.
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ID: 18808139
I can only de-select : Show scrollbar which is quite different from Show toolbar ;)

Is it possible to remove toolbar and window border with some windows API ???
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GlennaShaw earned 100 total points
ID: 18809733
You can do it with Visual Basic, see:

Alternatively, If you set up the slide show to run in a window as described above, you can eliminate almost all of the toolbars, by clicking on View, Toolbar, Uncheck any non-standard PPT toolbars.  Then start the slideshow, right click and uncheck Web Toolbar.

Have a good one,

Author Comment

ID: 18813899

This is something I could use, but I need to start presentation from Java, so it would be nice if I could use just Power Point Viewer and manipulate the presentation window to desired size and location with some switches on command line. Or I could eventually use some Windows API to do this for me...

Thanks for now!
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ID: 18815919
Ok, you have several options available to you.  Personally, I'd probably just convert the presentation to an alternative format and use that.  If you don't mind spending ~$250 is a super product for converting to video or flash.  I have a tutorial for converting to video relatively free on my web site at, but basically it's turning all the slides into pictures and using video editing software so it's limited.
A couple more reference links for you:

Hope that helps,

Author Comment

ID: 18815927
And I also noticed that you can resize the presentation window and its content when the presentation is started via PowerPoint Application. If it is started with PowerPoint Viewer you can change the size and location of window, but the content is not resized!

Or can somebody tell me otherwise.

P.S. : I'm using Windows API (MoveWindow) for resizing the presentation window.
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ID: 18824040
This might help:

And this article (although it's for Director, not Java): but it may give you some ideas.


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None of the answers provided me with the solution I wanted, but I decided to split the points anyway.

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