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avoid printing on a powerpoint

Hi.

Is there a way to protect a pptx presentation for beign printed?
I'm above all interested on Powerpoint 2010 and 2013 versions.

Thank you.
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Nathan RileyFounder/CTOCommented:
You can prevent them from being edited, but I'm not aware of any way to prevent them from being printed.
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gplanaAuthor Commented:
ok, then what would you suggest? Convert it to a pdf and protect it from being printed?
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Nathan RileyFounder/CTOCommented:
You could do that, but the user could still take a screenshot of the page and then print that.  

You could watermark the page with your logo so no matter what it will be stamped with your branding.
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JSRWilsonCommented:
You will never stop a screen shot but you can make printing from PPT a lot harder in 2010 / 13.
print.pptx
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gplanaAuthor Commented:
Thanks ISRWilson. I think this is what I need. Is just to avoid printing to non advanced users.
Which steps have you done?
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JSRWilsonCommented:
It needs you to be able to edit the XML code for the presentation. Is this something you can tackle?

If you download http://openxmldeveloper.org/blog/b/openxmldeveloper/archive/2010/08/10/23248.aspx CustomUi Editor and open my file you will see the XML. Note that this only works in 2010/13. People with 2007 will be able to print..
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gplanaAuthor Commented:
Ok, but then I think it will be better to create a pdf and disallow the print function, isn't it?
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JSRWilsonCommented:
Depends whether you want the user to be able to play the presentation with animations. I think you will also find that some free PDF viewers will still print even if it is disallowed.

The XML method allows the presentation to run normally just not print. It can be extended to also block 2007 but you didn't ask that.
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gplanaAuthor Commented:
Great thanks
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