power point 07 and ppt 03

a user on the network will be altering a power point file.  he has the 07 version.

i want the rest of the network users to view HIS ppt show, that resides on a common share on the server, as a slide show, but some of those users have office 2003.  i know the default save location for office 2000 was diff than 03, but maybe from 03 to 07 the local office install is the same?  not sure.

i remember doing this a long time ago and the shortcut properties on the users desktop was something like this

\\server\common\office files\johns slide show.ppt c:\program files\office10\msppt.exe /s

that shortcut basically says...open johns slide show on the server, using the ppt.exe file on your c: with the /s slideshow switch.

i need help setting this up for 03 users and 07 users, which is why i think i will have 2 diff shortcuts.

thanks.
tomdlgnsAsked:
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Aj8787Commented:
Well you know to configure 2003 shortcut by the path you told me.

You can diffrent setup for 2007 users, powerpoint 2007 path is:
c:\program files\microsoft offtce\office12\powerpnt.exe (can be diffrent according to your installation)

do u want steps from step 1 for configuring shortcut?
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tomdlgnsAuthor Commented:
i tried to configure this a lonnnnnng time ago and i dont think i ever got it to work.  i havent had the need for it to be working again up until a few days ago.

the path i typed above was just a guess for creating the shortcut close to accurate?

if so, i can keep trying.

thanks.
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tomdlgnsAuthor Commented:
ok, when i begin to make the shortcut it tells me this

cannot find c:\Programs

office 2007 resides here

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\POWERPNT.EXE

and the ppt file, that i want to run as a slide show to everyone other than the person editing the file, resides here

\\server\common\VP\Status.ppt
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Aj8787Commented:
ok follow these steps and they might help you:

1. Right click on desktop and goto new-shortcut
2. New shortcut wizard will come up.
3. In the locate item bar type the specified address "\\server\common\VP\Status.ppt"
4. Give a name for shortcut for 2003 give "ppt03" and for 2007 "ppt07" depends on you.
5. finish
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Aj8787Commented:
As the format is in ppt extension you need not specify program because powerpoint 2003 or 2007 will pick it up automatically/
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Aj8787Commented:
Give it a try
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tomdlgnsAuthor Commented:
ok, trying now.  standby

thanks!
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tomdlgnsAuthor Commented:
ok, well here is the deal.

it opens it up, but i needed quotes, which is why it wasnt seeing the proper shortcut location that i typed above...when i said it cannot find c:\programs

but it opens up as a ppt.

i need it to open up as a pps for everyone that will have this shortcut on their desktop.

which is why i need to have a /s in there (i think that is the proper switch)

thanks.
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tomdlgnsAuthor Commented:
ok, i found my old notes....this is the shortcut i was using in the past (about 2 years ago)

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\POWERPNT.EXE" /s "\\server\common\VP\status.ppt"

however, i know off the bat the local shortcut path is wrong (for office 07).
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tomdlgnsAuthor Commented:
go figure, i make a thread asking for help, then i find my old notes....
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Aj8787Commented:
Yes i gave you the path of powerpoint 07 in the first comment.

Just replace the local path and it should work fine/

Thanks
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tomdlgnsAuthor Commented:
ok, this works perfect!!!

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\POWERPNT.EXE" /s "\\server\common\VP\status.ppt"

it uses the ppt.exe on my local PC and runs the network file (that another user is editing) with the /s switch.

opens up the status.ppt file in the slideshow view.

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tomdlgnsAuthor Commented:
yes, you sure did (give me the path in your first post) but i dont see the part about the /s switch.

i will still give you points, but the /s is important, since i dont want it opening up as .ppt, but rather .pps
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tomdlgnsAuthor Commented:
/s switch needed to be added to force the shortcut to run as a power point slideshow.

the final shortcut location/properties looked like this

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12\POWERPNT.EXE" /s "\\server\common\VP\status.ppt"

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