PPT2000: Branching Requires PowerPoint or the 32-Bit Viewer

ID: Q197928

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Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows provides the ability, during an on-screen slide show, to branch to PowerPoint presentation object linking and embedding (OLE) objects that have been inserted into your presentation. Because these are OLE objects, they can be activated only by an OLE server, and the only servers for the objects are Microsoft PowerPoint and the 32-bit PowerPoint Viewer.

This means that if you are using the 16-bit PowerPoint Viewer to display a presentation that contains PowerPoint presentation objects, you cannot branch to those presentations unless PowerPoint for Windows is also installed on your system.

There is a copy of PowerPoint Viewer 97 on the Office 2000 compact disc, and the PowerPoint 2000 compact disk. By default, the viewer is not installed during the initial install of Office 2000, but rather it is installed on first use of the Pack and Go feature. The viewer is also available for download from the following Microsoft World Wide Web sites:



For information about obtaining PowerPoint Viewer 97, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Q170801 PPT97: How to Obtain PowerPoint Viewer 97
NOTE: PowerPoint Viewer 97 is not the same viewer that ships with Microsoft PowerPoint 97 for Windows and Microsoft Office 97 for Windows.

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Version           : WINDOWS:2000
Platform          : WINDOWS 
Issue type        : kbinfo 

Last Reviewed: June 28, 1999