This article describes the command line switches for
Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 Viewer. PowerPoint 2003 Viewer is a program
that is used to run presentations on computers that do not have Microsoft
PowerPoint installed. By default, PowerPoint 2003 Viewer is added to the same
disk or network location that contains one or more presentations that you
packaged by using the Package for CD feature.
You can use command line switches to modify the way that
PowerPoint 2003 Viewer runs. The command line switches for PowerPoint 2003
Viewer are as follows:
- /L - Use this switch to read a play list of PowerPoint presentations
from a text file. For example, type the command
"Your_Play_List.txt" to view the
PowerPoint presentations that are listed in the Your_Play_List.txt
- /S - Use this switch to start PowerPoint 2003 Viewer and not display
the splash screen.
- /P - Use this switch to send the presentation to a printer, and print
the file. For example, type the command
"Presentation.ppt" to print the Presentation.ppt file.
- /D - Use this switch to prompt the Open dialog box
to appear when the slide show ends.
- /N# - Use this switch to open the presentation at a specified slide
number. For example, type the command
Path/pptview.exe /n5 "presentation.ppt"
to open the presentation at slide 5.
The command line switches that were used with Microsoft
PowerPoint Viewer 97 are no longer supported in PowerPoint 2003 Viewer. The
following command line switches and their functionalities are no longer
available because of this change:
- /L - No loop continuously switch. Each presentation will either loop
or not loop, depending on how it was saved by the author. This also applies to
the contents of a play list; the contents of a play list are shown only one
- /K - No Kiosk password dialog switch. Viewer will display
presentations in kiosk mode if it is specified by the presentation author, but
you cannot specify a kiosk slide show password that will prevent the show from
stopping without entering a password.
- /R=n-m - Cannot specify a slide range to show. Viewer will display the
range of slides specified by the author.
- /A - Cannot force automatic advancing of slides. Viewer will
automatically advance slides if timings and slide show settings have been
specified appropriately by the author.
- /V - Virus protection warnings cannot be enabled or disabled by
For additional information about the command line switches
for Power Point Viewer 97, click the following article number to view the
article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
PPT97: Using Command-Line Switches with Playlist Files
For additional information about
PowerPoint 2003 Viewer, click the following article number to view the article
in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
New Features of the PowerPoint
Viewer for PowerPoint 2003