Automatically switching between two program on a timer

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Hi there,

Is there a way to automate in windows to switch from a browser and PowerPoint slides on in an interval?

Let say I got a chrome browser showing a site that will show on the monitor for 5 min and then switch to a PowerPoint slide that runs for 15 min before switching back to the browser on an endless loop of 5 min switch 15 min and back again.
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AlexSenior Infrastructure Analyst

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The question I have is why not drop pictures of your chrome window into the powerpoint presentation, or at the very least a video of what you want them to see

Remember, simplicity is elegance.

Author

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Hi Alex,

I would love to do that but the browser is accessing a site that will show data in real time ... that the reason I can't just drop it on the slide ... I agreed with you simplicity is the best way to go but not if the chrome browser is showing off real time data.
Senior Infrastructure Analyst
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OK in which case it is called AutoIt.

You would use something like this:

While 1 ;loop indefinitely
    WinActivate("Powerpoint.exe","") ;give focus to notepad
    Sleep(30000) ;sleep 30 seconds
    WinActivate("Chrome.exe","") ;give focus to wordpad
    Sleep(30000) ;sleep 30 seconds
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Author

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Hi Alex,

  Thanks for the suggestion will look into it and revert back.

Thanks mate
Jane UpdegraffSr. Systems Administrator

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If that doesn't work you might check into PowerShow. We use it for our marketing displays in our lobbies and boardrooms. It's rather easily configurable and works well with powerpoint. Not expensive either.
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist
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Much easier to just get an iframe control for PowerPoint. Have a look for one, on mobile
NerdsOfTechTechnology Scientist

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You could screenshot the live data and mock it up and animate it in the presentation.

As the presentation wouldn't require an internet connection to run, it would greatly reduce the possibility of technical difficulty.

How embarrassing would it be if your live data went down somehow or if the local wifi wasn't working, etc. at the time of the presentation?

Author

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Hi Alex,

  the Autolt - can the script work with two chrome open at the same time?  since i can't install powerpoint on the pc stick due to the cpu, ram and storage space. I was thinking of  publishing the slide on the web and run it on a browser.

Author

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Hi Shaun,

 Thanks for the advise, i am checking on Iframe now see if it might be suitable for the setup.

Author

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Hi nerd,

  I can't snapshot the live data.  the live data is from the WMS (warehouse management systems) and can be access via a URL. Where as the slide is just a quality info slide that need to run and will be updated once a week with new slide. I am currently looking at autolt and iframe.

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Thank you for the assistance

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