PowerPoint 2010 - References to external pictures have been blocked

Posted on 2012-09-05
Last Modified: 2012-09-13
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
Question by:Pete
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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:

    Here's a macro for finding the hyperlinks:

    This information is specific to Excel, but it's similar for PowerPoint:

    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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