How to create PowerPoint 2002 presentations for viewing on computers that do not have PowerPoint installed

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This article explains how to create a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that can be viewed on computers that do not have PowerPoint installed.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later provides better support for PowerPoint 2002 slide show features than does the earlier versions of Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer. Therefore, to get the highest slide show fidelity on computers that do not have PowerPoint installed, save your presentation as a Web page, so that it can be viewed in Internet Explorer.

Unsupported Features in the PowerPoint Viewer

The PowerPoint Viewer that is provided with earlier versions of PowerPoint does not support any slide show features that have been added after PowerPoint 97. PowerPoint 2002 includes many new slide show features that are lost if you display the slide show in the PowerPoint Viewer. Therefore, Microsoft recommends that you use the method described in this article to distribute presentations to computers that do not have PowerPoint 2002 installed.

Some of the PowerPoint 2002 slide show features that the PowerPoint Viewer does not support include the following:
  • Exit animation effects
  • Emphasis animation effects
  • Motion path animation effects
  • Animation timing settings
  • Animation speed settings
  • Simultaneous animation
  • Multiple animations per object
  • Non-sequential animations
  • Animation triggers
  • Animated GIFs
  • Diagram animation
  • Organization Chart animation

How to Save Your Slide Show for Viewing in Internet Explorer

To save your slide show for viewing in Internet Explorer (IE), configure PowerPoint to save your Web pages in a format that is optimized for IE 5.0 or later, and then save the presentation as a Web page.

Configure PowerPoint

  1. Start Microsoft PowerPoint.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  3. Click the General tab, and then click Web Options.
  4. In the Web Options dialog box, click the Browsers tab.
  5. In the People who view this Web page will be using list, click Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later, and then click OK.
  6. Click OK to close the Options dialog box.

Save the Presentation as a Web Page

To save your presentation as a Web page, follow these steps:
  1. Start Microsoft PowerPoint, and then open the presentation that you want to save as a Web page.
  2. On the File menu, click Save as Web Page.
  3. Specify the name and location for the Web page.
  4. In the Save as type list, click Web Archive.
  5. Click Save.
You can distribute the Microsoft Web Archive (*.mht) file, which can be opened and viewed in Internet Explorer 5.0 or later.


For additional information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
278546 PPT2002: Animations Do Not Play When Presentation Is Viewed with Browser and As Web Page
278565 Transitions May Exhibit Unexpected Behavior in Internet Explorer 5.5


Article ID: 291348 - Last Review: January 31, 2007 - Revision: 1.3
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 Standard Edition
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