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PowerPoint 2010 - References to external pictures have been blocked

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On my Win2008 (1500 users) network a large number of PowerPoint 2010 files are hanging when opening - "Contacting Server for information", some never opening, and some eventually opening with the message - "References to external pictures have been blocked."

Can I enable external content globally somehow in group policy?

Everyone is saying at home it opens fine...

Thanks for any ideas
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I don't know how to fix this globally, but I figure this is what's happening. Maybe that will help someone help you with a global solution.

When you copy/paste images from the web, they sometimes bring along unwanted HTML and hyperlinks that PowerPoint considers untrusted.

Here's some info about those types of things:
http://www.pptfaq.com/FAQ00613_PowerPoint_connects_to_the_internet_unexpectedly.htm

Here's a macro for finding the hyperlinks:
http://www.pptfaq.com/FAQ00674_Show_Me-_The_hyperlinks_in_my_presentation.htm

This information is specific to Excel, but it's similar for PowerPoint: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/block-or-unblock-external-content-in-office-documents-HA010065176.aspx

I wonder if maybe they're coming from some common place that you could add to trusted locations on a global scale?
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