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(This post, originally published in 2010, announced the availability of the PowerPoint 2010 Viewer. This post remains incredibly popular because so people find the Viewer to be a useful tool. We're republishing it so readers of our blog can find and use it, too.)
I’m excited to announce that our new PowerPoint Viewer is now available here for free download . By installing the PowerPoint Viewer, you can open and watch PowerPoint presentations in all formats, no matter what computer you’re using. We’ve revamped our viewer to display PowerPoint presentations, including those created in 2010, in full-fidelity. This means that all the new transitions, videos, and effects will appear and behave exactly like they do in PowerPoint 2010.
In order to display presentations with such high quality, you’ll need to install the PowerPoint 2010 Viewer on your computer. This is a departure from previous viewers, which run as standalone files.
The Viewer has always been one of our most popular downloads (not just for PowerPoint, but for all of Microsoft), and we’ll be continuing to work on it and update it for our customers.
Please let us know via comments about how you’re using the Viewer and any questions or problems you have.
Want to download the new Viewer? Here’s the link again.
Allen Huang PowerPoint Program Manager
Update: We’ve received a number of questions about why the PowerPoint 2010 Viewer requires installation, rather than being a no-installation .EXE that can be burned to CDs. Our number one goal is to keep your computers safe and secure; the only way for us to ensure that the PowerPoint Viewer is always up-to-date and secure is by requiring installation, which enables the application to receive future security updates. If you’d like a way to view PowerPoint presentations and share them with others without downloading any software, we recommend using the PowerPoint Web App.
Thanks for releasing it so soon. Thanks again.:)
So, is it now a dead program? Because it won't install without admin rights. Therefore, unuseful for presentations in pcs with limited user access only. That was one of the best uses of PPT Viewer.
Only english release seems to be available. Others languages = error
Great. I have not seen Viewers for Word 2010 and Excel 2010. By the way, whats the reason only PowerPoint has 2010 veiwer?
Powerpoint 2010 Viewer Standlone please! ... :\ ... or maybe Within Powerpoint save the whole thing as a Runtime (exe)! I've been waiting so long for that.
Is there a way of starting the new viewer in full screen mode? I've seen the option to go full screen on the menu, but being able to start in this mode without the new bars at the top and bottom would be useful.
With a bit of trial and error, I've found the "/F" switch starts it in full screen. Is this documented anywhere?
Thanks Jonathan for the tip about full screen. How do I make the viewer loop continuously? powerpoint (if installed)does it when I double click presentation.ppsx but the command pptview /F presentation.ppsx (or doubleclick on same) ends at a black screen with end of slideshow, click to exit. Thanks
Thanks for the great viewer. It is much better than the versions before. There is only one drawback:
The viewer does not loop slide shows that have loop enabled inside, neither in single file mode nor in playlist mode.
It always stops after the last slie with the black "please press ESC.." screen.
I testet all file types (pps, ppt, ppsx, pptx). Please also post an official command line reference (I assume it is still the same as 2007) It would be a great help for me if you fix the loop thing. THX Armin
I prefer Powerpoint Viewer starting in full screen by default. Please change it back.
One of my coworkers figured out that the slide show will loop correctly if it is running in full screen mode.
@Jim the trick to starting all PowerPoint files in full screen upon launch is to open Regedit > HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > Navigate to each key with starting "PowerPoint" > shell > Open / Show > command > you'll see an entry for each sub key like: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\pptview.exe "%1" I just add the "/F" command switch to all them e.g.: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\pptview.exe /F "%1"
Thanks for the great viewer. It is much better than the versions before. There is only one drawback: The viewer does not loop slide shows that have loop enabled inside, neither in single file mode nor in playlist mode. It always stops after the last slie with the black "please press ESC.." screen. I testet all file types (pps, ppt, ppsx, pptx). Please also post an official command line reference (I assume it is still the same as 2007) It would be a great help for me if you fix the loop thing.