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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.
i installed it in Windows xp service pack 2 and when try to open file it says "can.t access the specific file" even though i selected it manually already. why is that?
without it being standalone makes distribution harder. fail
This is such a backward step. It is no longer possible to burn a presentation or two to disk and run them on a client's machine in an environment without network access. Why wasn't this option left in on burn to CD?
Dear Allen and Microsoft colleagues, Is the not looping issue in the PowerPoint 2010 viewer being fixed please? I use Powerpoint slides to do notices at the beginning of church services and at the end, and want them on continuous loop on a digtal projector. - So to have the End of Presentation press Esc to continue is not helpful in this situation. Please could you let us know if this is being worked on or not. Kind Regards, TonyG UK
Here's another request for fixing the [not] looping issue!
I agree with R below- its no use it you don't have admin rights. I work in the NHS in the UK and most computers wont have this installed; its very frustrating to have the new software at home and no way of playing it at work for presentations. Using the PPT viwer and packaging for CD was one of the easiest ways to create a presentation which would run. This is a retro grade step.
I agree with R below- its no use if you don't have admin rights. I work in the NHS in the UK and most computers wont have this installed; its very frustrating to have the new software at home and no way of playing it at work for presentations. Using the PPT viewer and packaging for CD was one of the easiest ways to create a presentation which would run. This is a retro grade step.
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" The /F switch is for auto full screen. I suppose /L is for auto loop, assuming that switch also works for 2010 as it did for 2003: support.microsoft.com/.../830040
Come on.... HELP us with the looping thing Mr. Gates It's annoying to wait for such a simpel thing !!
Another request for:
-Defaulting to full screen like previous versions did.
-Looping problem to be resolved.
HOW IS THIS FULL FEATURED WHEN: "The following Microsoft PowerPoint features are not supported by this viewer:
•Information Rights Management (IRM) presentations.
•Running macros, programs, or opening linked or embedded objects." SO THAT EMBEDED VIDEOS WILL NOT RUN WITH THE VIEWER?
Whatever be the reason! Besides all priorities. There is no point that we create a presentation and need that particular software for viewing it. That means it must be able to export the presentation in some universal format like flash for example, or maybe a standalone projector.
Hope that Microsoft look into this very matter. As it did by adding PDF support in Office Word 2010. All the Best Microsoft!
Izhar Aazmi said: "Whatever be the reason! Besides all priorities. There is no point that we create a presentation and need that particular software for viewing it. That means it must be able to export the presentation in some universal format like flash for example, or maybe a standalone projector. Hope that Microsoft look into this very matter. As it did by adding PDF support in Office Word 2010. izhar_aazmi[AT]yahoo.co.in" Izhar,
Check out your save options in PowerPoint 2003, 2007, and 2010 - all can save to PDF (Word can do this too, back to 2003.) PowerPoint 2010 added the ability to export the presentation as a video, which you would probably like as that preserves animations and sounds, plus the exported video can be reused in many ways providing fairly universal viewing without a special viewer. Cheers,
This is soooooooooooo lame.
oh and dumb