Solved

Trouble associating pps files

Posted on 2010-08-17
8
1,000 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-23
I recently installed Office 2010 Professional.  I lost associations to .pps files, lots of which I get in emails as you probably all doo.  I went to associate pps files to the new PowerPoint 2010 but when I hit browse to choose the program, it would not accept my choice.  I chose powerpoint and when I returned to the association screen, no powerpoint.  Instead it was associated with something else.  No matter what I do, the file open with dialog will not honor my selection of PowerPoint 2010 even though I select the EXE.  How can I fix this?  I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit.
0
Comment
Question by:lizmarc
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 3
8 Comments
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:Chetan Khurana
ID: 33454177
Follow this link to remove associations first.

http://vista.blorge.com/2009/10/26/how-to-change-file-type-associations-in-windows-7/

After this try opening the pps file and re-associate to the powerpoint program.

Let me know how it goes..
0
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:Chetan Khurana
ID: 33454233
If you are comfortable with registry, please check this value too -

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\PowerPoint.Show.12\shell\Open\command

The 'command' value in the right pane should point to the correct power point application exe path.

- REFER IMAGE -

C
0
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:Chetan Khurana
ID: 33454255
Refer this image please
Clipboard06.jpg
0
U.S. Department of Agriculture and Acronis Access

With the new era of mobile computing, smartphones and tablets, wireless communications and cloud services, the USDA sought to take advantage of a mobilized workforce and the blurring lines between personal and corporate computing resources.

 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:ploftin
ID: 33454323
You could perform a Repair of your Office 2010 installation.  It is done from the Add/Remove programs applet (Start > Run > appwiz.cpl).  Click on Microsoft Office 2010 and click Repair.
0
 

Author Comment

by:lizmarc
ID: 33461327
So far no luck with any of the above.  Pretty strange.  I can browse to the PowerPoint application to associate it, but it doesn't add this to the list of applications I can associate with the file type.  There are quite a few listed, but it doesn't acknowledge that I add PowerPoint.  I also looked in the registry, found the key that was mentioned, but the command value had nothing of use in it.  That is, it did not conain a straight Windows path.  Choosing Repair with the Office install didn't fix the problem either.  I'm thinking the only thing I can do is uninstall Office and reinstall it.  I don't want to lose all my Outlook contacts and settings though.  The other app settings I can recover easily.
0
 
LVL 8

Accepted Solution

by:
Chetan Khurana earned 500 total points
ID: 33461593
Hi lizmarc,

Could you please post the value of the command in the registry?

(Refer this detailed MS solution - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2159999)

Anyways, if you need to re-install the office as the last resort, refer below links to get the backup and then restore it after office re-installation;

http://www.technipages.com/outlook-2010-backup-export-data.html
http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/office-outlook-2010-import-and-export/
and
http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/export-outlook-2010-mail-contacts-notes-tasks-and-appointments/

Let me know how this goes..
Best,
C
0
 

Author Comment

by:lizmarc
ID: 33463083
My command key had

xb'BVf!!!!!!!!!MKKSkPPTFiles>l5YAshJ5e9?Q10`FFc2C "%1"

I changed it to the path which I believe is (installed in default folders)

c:\program files\Microsoft Office\Office14\powerpnt.exe.

It dien't seem to do anything.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:lizmarc
ID: 33463394
I used the article at http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7files/thread/8a84fcec-22df-4942-8e35-d98dbe96e327 which directed me to a key similar to the registry key in the solution.  I had to go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications and find powerpnt.exe under that.  The default value, which I had to change, pointed to the path for Office 2007 which is c:\. . .\Microsoft Office\Office12.  The Office 2010 path should be Office14.  So I changed that and everything associates just fine now.  When I double click a .pps file it opens up PowerPoint though I have to manually start the slide show.  It used to automatically go into slide show mode but I can put up with this for now.  Thanks to everyone for all their help.
0

Featured Post

NFR key for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Veeam is happy to provide a free NFR license (for 1 year, up to 10 users). This license allows for the non‑production use of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 in your home lab without any feature limitations.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Application integration into Active Directory 3 62
WMIC Output Formatting 1 81
installing fonts 5 40
Anyone have windows live mail installer? 20 90
Today, still in the boom of Apple, PC's and products, nearly 50% of the computer users use Windows as graphical operating systems. If you are among those users who love windows, but are grappling to keep the system's hard drive optimized, then you s…
When you try to share a printer , you may receive one of the following error messages. Error message when you use the Add Printer Wizard to share a printer: Windows could not share your printer. Operation could not be completed (Error 0x000006…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to change your appearance and customize your Windows 7 interface to your unique preference. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.
The Task Scheduler is a powerful tool that is built into Windows. It allows you to schedule tasks (actions) on a recurring basis, such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, at log on, at startup, on idle, etc. This video Micro Tutorial is a brief intro…

734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question