INFO: Cannot Automate Word, Excel, or PowerPoint Viewers

ID: Q189609

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The viewers for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint were not designed to support automation. They cannot be automated.


Because of the nature of the PowerPoint application, PowerPoint has a built-in viewer. Such viewers are not needed in other products. If you have PowerPoint installed, you can automate PowerPoint's built-in viewer. However, if you have only the PowerPoint viewer, it cannot be automated. Attempting to use the PowerPoint object library to do so will not work, and is a violation of licensing agreements (it is not redistributable.)

Additional query words:

Keywords          : kbnokeyword kbAutomation kbExcel kbPowerPt kbWord kbVBA500 
Version           : WINDOWS:5.0,97
Platform          : WINDOWS 
Issue type        : kbinfo 

Last Reviewed: June 3, 1999