Playlist files are text files (with an .LST file name extension) that contain a list of PowerPoint presentations. These files allow the
PowerPoint viewer to play multiple slide shows in order. This article describes the commmand-line switches that you can use within a playlist file.
: Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97 also supports command-line
switches when started from the Run
dialog box, or from a Microsoft Windows 95 shortcut link file.
Command lines should use the following format
ppview32.exe [command-line switches] "<path\powerpnt file name>"
where <path\powerpnt file name> is the path and file name for the presentation you want to include in the playlist.
The following command-line switches are supported:
Switch Used for
/A or /a Automatic advance
/R=n-m or /r=n-m Slide range
/L or /l Loop continuously
/P or /p Print, for printing file
/K or /k Kiosk password, for setting a kiosk mode for file
/V or /v For showing the macro virus dialog box
: The /v
switch does not enable the use of macros, it simply enables a special dialog box to be displayed when opening other documents that might have macros enabled, such as a Word document.
Playlist files used with the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 97 do not
recognize switches when opened at the command line. However, you can use
command-line switches within the playlist file using the format below.
To apply a switch to individual files, use the following format:
The following example loops a presentation until ESC is pressed, and then
moves to the next presentation and loops it:
To apply a switch across a group of files, use the following format:
[switch] "<path\filename>" "<path\filename>" ... "<path\filename>"
The following example plays each presentation once, and then begins again after the last presentation has completed:
/L "PRES1.PPT" "PRES2.PPT" ... "PRESx.PPT"
Not all command-line switches are available within playlist files. The
following switches are supported within .LST files: /A
, and /V
For more information about playlists, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to create a playlist that loops continuously