PPT2000: Object Hyperlinks Are Lost When Saving To An HTTP Or FTP Server

ID: Q226782

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PowerPoint 2000 allows you to use the copy and paste technique to move an object to another slide as a hyperlink. If you do this with a presentation that has been saved to a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) or File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server, they will initially seem to function correctly. If you reopen the file, start the slideshow, and try to navigate through the show using these hyperlinks after you save and close the presentation, you will get the following error message:

Cannot open the specified file.


When you work with a file stored on a HTTP or FTP server, you are actually working with a temporary copy of the file, that has been downloaded into your temporary directory. The hyperlinks that are created by the copy and paste method will reference this temporary file instead of the actual file on the server. The links will have the following format:

Temp_Path\msoXXX.TMP#N. Slide N
Where Temp_Path is the path to your local temp directory, XXX is a number assigned to the temporary file, and N is the index position of the slide in the presentation.


Use Action Settings to Link to Slides

Instead of using the Paste Hyperlink feature of PowerPoint 2000, use the Action settings feature to set up hyperlinks between slides in the same presentation. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Select the text or object you want to represent the hyperlink.

  2. On the Slide Show menu, click Action Settings.

  3. Click the Mouse Click tab.

  4. Click Hyperlink to, and then select where you want to jump.

  5. Click OK.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.

Additional query words: PPT2K PPT2000 PPT POWERPNT 2000 PPT9 9.0 hyper link lost missing gone broken error cannot doesnt work connect

Keywords          : kbdta kbweb kbhtml 
Version           : WINDOWS:2000
Platform          : WINDOWS 
Issue type        : kbbug 

Last Reviewed: June 28, 1999