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Powerpoint Animation while inactive

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I have a winforms application which plays a powerpoint presentation on a dual monitor. The problem is, the animation stops when it doesn't have focus or is inactive.

Is there an option for powerpoint to continue playing even when inactive? Or maybe a way to make powerpoint think that it is always active?
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As you've seen, a PPT slide show stops when it loses focus. You can use an add-in like PowerShow to get around that: http://officeone.mvps.org/powershow/powershow.html
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Is there any way to do that without using 3rd party software?
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Not that I'm aware. Maybe someone else will pop in with more info.
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The only possihble way without third party tools might be to set the show to play in a window not full screen and make that window as close to full screen as possible.
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I was playing the powerpoint at a window. But the problem is that if the window is not active, the animation stops.
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Did you select show in a window in set up show?
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I was actually using WinForms to show the presentation. I will take a look tomorrow if I can find such an option in VB.NET.

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If it helps it would be something like this in vba

oPPTPres.SlideShowSettings.ShowType = 2
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