How Do I Host A Powerpoint So That Others Can View It?

By lanimilbus
Mar 15, 2007
  1. I run a photography website,, and I created a Powerpoint slideshow presentation of 90 photo highlights from 2006; it has a total of 92 slides and runs for approximately 7 minutes and 20 seconds. It also has a 7 minute instrumental mp3 that plays automatically in the background while the viewer watches the slideshow. Now that I've created it, however, how can I host it on my website so that other people on different computers can view it?
    I've hosted the entire folder already (including the 90 pictures, the mp3 track and the slideshow itself) on my website here: Powerpoint and the actual Powerpoint file itself can be downloaded directly from this url: Powerpoint/2006photos.ppt
    However, when I go onto a different computer and download the Powerpoint, it saves it as a file to my computer, and when I double click it it opens up in Powerpoint to be edited and whatnot, and doesn't play automatically; so that's my first issue. I'm not sure if it's possible, but what I'd like to have happen is for people to click a link or save a file, open it, and have it fill the screen and play like a MPG or Flash movie or something, not to have it open in Powerpoint as an edit-able project.
    My second issue is, even when I do save the Powerpoint on a different computer, open it, then play it as a slideshow like I would on my normal computer, everything works fine, but the mp3 doesn't play at all. How can I fix this?
    I know there's a way to accomplish what I'm trying to accomplish; I've certainly gotten plenty of e-mails with attachments to virtual Christmas cards or slideshows and whatnot that open and play, music and everything, without having to open them up in Powerpoint first.
    So, could anyone help me or give me some advice? It'd be much appreciated. Thanks in advance,

  2. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    Try saving it as a .pps file (self-running Powerpoint Show). That way, anybody without Powerpoint on their pc can view it.
  3. lanimilbus

    lanimilbus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ah, thanks; I did that, and now it'll open by itself when someone downloads or clicks it, instead of opening in editing mode. So that takes care of that problem, but the problem with the music still remains; I downloaded the PPS file on another computer and everything worked fine but the music didn't play at all. Is there anything I can do to make the music automatically play along with the slideshow on other people's computers like it does on mine?
    Also, here is the link to the new self-running Powerpoint, for anybody who wants to test it out: Powerpoint/2006photos.pps
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    you need to get the music in a WAV format and program your website to play it when a picture is clicked on. Bear in mind, some people find it annoying.
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