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Windows 7: Problem setting program defaults

22 Jun 2011   #11

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thank you Irene for your reply!

Unfortunately this does not work. First, I assume you meant .ppt instead of .pps, right? (There is no problem with .pps files - they already correctly open in Powerpoint.) So, when I highlight .ppt and click "change program", PowerPoint is NOT listed as an option! The initial window shows something called "Microsoft Office Component" (the current default) and also another icon called "Microsoft Office", but setting it to either of these doesn't work. I have also tried clicking "browse" from that window and navigating to POWERPNT.exe but that has no effect (choosing POWERPNT.exe does not change the program default at all, it remains set at "Microsoft Office Component" and the PowerPoint icon still does not appear in the initial window listing options for program defaults). It seems like this "Microsoft Office Component" option has somehow overrruled the PowerPoint option which should appear there.

Any idea how to fix this? Much appreciated!

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22 Jun 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

You DO mean the file extension is .... ppt ?

If so, just a suggestion .....

Right click at the ppt > New > that will open the ppt in editing mode > click Save button > save as type, select either ......
PowerPoint Show (*ppsx)
or
PowerPoint 97-2003 Show (*pps)
> Save.

You should be able to open the presentation in normal way now.

*** Editing :
I have no problem opening ppt in my 2011 PowerPoint.

The suggestion given is just a work-around till you find a solution.
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22 Jun 2011   #13

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Yes, .ppt is the one I'm having trouble with. (I'm having the same problem with .xls and .xlsx also.)

Thanks for the workaround - that sounds like it would work, although still kind of a pain in the neck.

Any other ideas for a permanent fix?
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22 Jun 2011   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baixiwei View Post
Yes, .ppt is the one I'm having trouble with. (I'm having the same problem with .xls and .xlsx also.)

Thanks for the workaround - that sounds like it would work, although still kind of a pain in the neck.

Any other ideas for a permanent fix?
I could be wrong in my undestanding in this subject....
It is not a matter of " permanent fix ", it's wrong method of saving a presentation.

PowerPoint Presentation is not supposed to be save as ppt.or pptx.
Presentations saved in ppt or pptx open in Edit mode, not in Show mode.
Presentations saved in pps or ppsx open in Show mode.

For the same reason, you don't e-mail a presentation in ppt or pptx format. You send it in pps or ppsx format.
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22 Jun 2011   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

>>>> (I'm having the same problem with .xls and .xlsx also.)
What is the problem with them ?
Can't open them ?

Did you try ...
right click at xls or xlsx > Open With > Choose default program > select Microsft Application Virtulization DDE Launcher

or Start button > Default Programs > Assoiciate a file type ot protocol with a program > under Name, scroll down to xls > look across to the right > Current Default should be Microsoft Application Virtulization DDE Launcher
If not, click Change Program ... > select Microsoft Application Virtulization DDE Launcher > click OK when done.

Hope that will help.
( FYI ... xls and xlsx will be opened in Excel window.)
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22 Jun 2011   #16

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post
I could be wrong in my undestanding in this subject....
It is not a matter of " permanent fix ", it's wrong method of saving a presentation.

PowerPoint Presentation is not supposed to be save as ppt.or pptx.
Presentations saved in ppt or pptx open in Edit mode, not in Show mode.
Presentations saved in pps or ppsx open in Show mode.

For the same reason, you don't e-mail a presentation in ppt or pptx format. You send it in pps or ppsx format.
I think we're talking about different things. I have no problem with .pps files. They open fine (in show mode, as you said). There is also no problem with .pptx files - they open in edit mode. The problem is with .ppt files: PowerPoint is not set as the default program to open these files, and I can't find a way to set it as the default.

I'm not sure what you mean by saying that PowerPoint files aren't supposed to be saved as .ppt. That's not true. They should be saved as .ppt when you want them to open in edit mode, which is indeed what I want.

Sorry if I've misunderstood your point.
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22 Jun 2011   #17

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post
>>>> (I'm having the same problem with .xls and .xlsx also.)
What is the problem with them ?
Can't open them ?

Did you try ...
right click at xls or xlsx > Open With > Choose default program > select Microsft Application Virtulization DDE Launcher

or Start button > Default Programs > Assoiciate a file type ot protocol with a program > under Name, scroll down to xls > look across to the right > Current Default should be Microsoft Application Virtulization DDE Launcher
If not, click Change Program ... > select Microsoft Application Virtulization DDE Launcher > click OK when done.

Hope that will help.
( FYI ... xls and xlsx will be opened in Excel window.)
The problem for .ppt, .xls, and .xlsx is all the same: the default program isn't set to be what it should be, with the result that the files fail to open when I double click them, and I cannot find a way to properly set the default program.

What is Microsoft Application Virtualization DDE Launcher? It also does not show up on the list of options for default programs - is there some way I can navigate to this?
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22 Jun 2011   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

>>> I'm not sure what you mean by saying that PowerPoint files aren't supposed to be saved as .ppt. That's not true. They should be saved as .ppt when you want them to open in edit mode, which is indeed what I want.

You can open any pps files in edit mode...just right click at pps > click New.
You mdon't need to save them in ppt format.

I can't help you any further. I am out of ideas . Sorry.
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22 Jun 2011   #19

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Ah, I finally understood you about .pps. That will work OK although still a pain in the neck to have to change the file extension when other people send me .ppt files.

Thanks for your help!

I'm still stuck completely with .xls and would like a complete fix for .ppt. Does anyone else have any idea? I found that other people have had this problem too but I didn't find any solutions that haven't already been mentioned here. Perhaps somehow locating the Microsoft Application Virtualization DDE Launcher would be the thing to do but I can't find it on my hard drive.
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25 Dec 2012   #20

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
same problema

hi, i have the sam problem. Have you cleanlely solved it?
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