Stop PowerPoint from Disabling the Screensaver

Posted on 2007-08-07
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
It seems that Microsoft has built functionality into PowerPoint to disable the screensaver during a presentation. I've found the following in their knowledge base:

Microsoft realizes that users frequently give presentations from their laptops. With PowerPoint 2000, Windows screensavers are disabled during a presentation. In addition, the laptops low-power screen mode has been disengaged to prevent interruptions during a presentation.

Question: For security purposes, I would NOT want PowerPoint to disable the screensaver. Is there a way to prevent this from happening?
Question by:tdenniso
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    Funny, folks usually ask the opposite of this.
    Group Policy Settings will override this feature for security purposes:
    You're network administrator should be able to take care of it pretty easily.

    Author Comment

    Hey, thanks for the response! The Group Policy settings are already in place, however it seems that PowerPoint can override them and turn off the screensaver. I was looking for something that would disallow this "feature".
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    see also
    ADingOD Display Saver revives normal screen saver during PowerPoint screen shows

    TAJ Simmons
    ms ppt mvp
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    Well that's handy, especially for folks who don't use Group Policies.

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