Problem with a PowerPoint Presenter


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Victor Delta

I wonder if anyone can help me with this problem please?

I have a Targus AMP07 presenter/pointer which generally works well except
for one
major problem. Several of our users occasionally (accidentally) press the
'escape' button on the presenter during presentations which takes one out of
slide show mode and is therefore very annoying!

Does anyone know any way to disable this feature (or any other way of
overcoming this problem) please?

Thanks,

V
 
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LVTravel

Victor Delta said:
I wonder if anyone can help me with this problem please?

I have a Targus AMP07 presenter/pointer which generally works well except
for one
major problem. Several of our users occasionally (accidentally) press the
'escape' button on the presenter during presentations which takes one out
of
slide show mode and is therefore very annoying!

Does anyone know any way to disable this feature (or any other way of
overcoming this problem) please?

Thanks,

V

Never found a way but you may want to contact Targus to see if they have
anything in their books to assist. It really is a pain when they hit the
escape button on the remote isn't it. Done it a few times myself and it
really hurts when you are almost all the way at the end of a PPS (not PPT)
and hit it. Got to start at the beginning again.
 
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Victor Delta

Chirag said:
Shyam has a No Escape add-in that disables the Escape key -
http://skp.mvps.org/noesc.htm - see if it helps you here.

Chirag

Many thanks. On the face of it this should so exactly what I want.

However, I've installed the add-in and followed the instructions but when I
go to slide show mode, the escape key on my keyboard does not seem to have
been disabled at all...?

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LVTravel

This does work with a show started from within PPT but it does NOT work when
running any PPS or PPSX show because it exits totally. There is no way to
restart these in the middle. You have to start at the beginning and then
right click and "Go To Slide."

I can understand why the OP wanted to disable the escape key even if the
show as within the PPT program and not just a PPS but a PPT. It is a pain
in the you know what to have to stop what you are talking about and go to
the keyboard. I give some lectures and I am 30 feet away from the computer.
Luckily with the Targus mouse presenter I use all I have to do is switch
modes from presenter to mouse and go to the start show icon on PowerPoint
program. Still is a pain though.



Echo S said:
No, just use Shift+F5 to begin the slide show on the selected slide.

--
Echo [MS PPT MVP] http://www.echosvoice.com
What's new in PPT 2007? http://www.echosvoice.com/2007.htm
Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances http://tinyurl.com/36grcd
PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit http://tinyurl.com/32a7nx


LVTravel said:
Never found a way but you may want to contact Targus to see if they have
anything in their books to assist. It really is a pain when they hit the
escape button on the remote isn't it. Done it a few times myself and it
really hurts when you are almost all the way at the end of a PPS (not
PPT) and hit it. Got to start at the beginning again.
 
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LVTravel

Victor Delta said:
Chirag

Many thanks. On the face of it this should so exactly what I want.

However, I've installed the add-in and followed the instructions but when
I go to slide show mode, the escape key on my keyboard does not seem to
have been disabled at all...?

V

Version of PPT? I was able to install this onto my PPT 2007 SP2 and works
great but it would not install onto PPT 2003 SP3 for some reason. I'll have
to look into this a little.

In 2007 it has to be installed by using the Add-in from PowerPoint Orb,
PowerPoint Options, Add-in, Bottom Dropdown which defaults to Com Add-ins,
change to PPT add-in to get menu for the install. Once installed and
showing there OK out then click Add-ins on Ribbon bar to set the way the
Escape key works.
 
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Victor Delta

LVTravel said:
Version of PPT? I was able to install this onto my PPT 2007 SP2 and works
great but it would not install onto PPT 2003 SP3 for some reason. I'll
have to look into this a little.

In 2007 it has to be installed by using the Add-in from PowerPoint Orb,
PowerPoint Options, Add-in, Bottom Dropdown which defaults to Com Add-ins,
change to PPT add-in to get menu for the install. Once installed and
showing there OK out then click Add-ins on Ribbon bar to set the way the
Escape key works.

Thanks. Sorry to leave off this info! I have tried it on PP 2002/XP running
on Vista (where it installed ok but did not appear to do what it says on the
tin) and also want to use it on my other set-up which is PP 2003 running on
Windows XP. The latter is my priority as that's the set-up I usually use for
public presentations.

I wonder why it wouldn't install on PP 2003? (NB I see the webpage says it's
for "2000/XP")

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Echo S

Oooooh, gotcha. I (obviously) wasn't thinking about PPS/PPSX.

--
Echo [MS PPT MVP] http://www.echosvoice.com
What's new in PPT 2007? http://www.echosvoice.com/2007.htm
Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances http://tinyurl.com/36grcd
PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit http://tinyurl.com/32a7nx


LVTravel said:
This does work with a show started from within PPT but it does NOT work
when running any PPS or PPSX show because it exits totally. There is no
way to restart these in the middle. You have to start at the beginning
and then right click and "Go To Slide."

I can understand why the OP wanted to disable the escape key even if the
show as within the PPT program and not just a PPS but a PPT. It is a pain
in the you know what to have to stop what you are talking about and go to
the keyboard. I give some lectures and I am 30 feet away from the
computer. Luckily with the Targus mouse presenter I use all I have to do
is switch modes from presenter to mouse and go to the start show icon on
PowerPoint program. Still is a pain though.



Echo S said:
No, just use Shift+F5 to begin the slide show on the selected slide.

--
Echo [MS PPT MVP] http://www.echosvoice.com
What's new in PPT 2007? http://www.echosvoice.com/2007.htm
Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances http://tinyurl.com/36grcd
PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit http://tinyurl.com/32a7nx


LVTravel said:
I wonder if anyone can help me with this problem please?

I have a Targus AMP07 presenter/pointer which generally works well
except for one
major problem. Several of our users occasionally (accidentally) press
the
'escape' button on the presenter during presentations which takes one
out of
slide show mode and is therefore very annoying!

Does anyone know any way to disable this feature (or any other way of
overcoming this problem) please?

Thanks,

V


Never found a way but you may want to contact Targus to see if they have
anything in their books to assist. It really is a pain when they hit
the escape button on the remote isn't it. Done it a few times myself
and it really hurts when you are almost all the way at the end of a PPS
(not PPT) and hit it. Got to start at the beginning again.
 
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Echo S

It does work for 2003 also. I assume it works for 2007, but I'm not sure.

Did you turn your macro security down before installing the add-in?
 
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LVTravel

Echo S said:
It does work for 2003 also. I assume it works for 2007, but I'm not sure.

Did you turn your macro security down before installing the add-in?

--
Echo [MS PPT MVP] http://www.echosvoice.com
What's new in PPT 2007? http://www.echosvoice.com/2007.htm
Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances http://tinyurl.com/36grcd
PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit http://tinyurl.com/32a7nx


Victor Delta said:
Thanks. Sorry to leave off this info! I have tried it on PP 2002/XP
running
on Vista (where it installed ok but did not appear to do what it says on
the
tin) and also want to use it on my other set-up which is PP 2003 running
on
Windows XP. The latter is my priority as that's the set-up I usually use
for
public presentations.

I wonder why it wouldn't install on PP 2003? (NB I see the webpage says
it's
for "2000/XP")

V

Echo, Victor Delta and all, was able to get it working on PPT 2003 and also
PPT 2007. On PPT '03 you have to turn the Macro security down all the way
to low and then install the add-on. Once the add-on is installed you can
then readjust the Macro security to the desired higher setting. Did not
have to do that for 2007 PowerPoint.
 
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Victor Delta

Echo S said:
It does work for 2003 also. I assume it works for 2007, but I'm not sure.

Did you turn your macro security down before installing the add-in?

When the warning message came up, I clicked on the 'Enable Macros' button.

However, I think I've found out what the problem is (using PP 2002/XP
running on Vista). If you start the slide show on the first slide, the
escape key doesn't appear to work. However if you start on another slide,
then the escape key seems to work as normal (which is what I was doing when
I first installed the add-in).

Since I guess one does normally start on the first slide, it should be ok
for what I need. Although it's odd that it behaves like this?

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LVTravel

Victor Delta said:
When the warning message came up, I clicked on the 'Enable Macros' button.

However, I think I've found out what the problem is (using PP 2002/XP
running on Vista). If you start the slide show on the first slide, the
escape key doesn't appear to work. However if you start on another slide,
then the escape key seems to work as normal (which is what I was doing
when I first installed the add-in).

Since I guess one does normally start on the first slide, it should be ok
for what I need. Although it's odd that it behaves like this?

V

I agree the add-in doesn't work if you start the presentation from the
middle but it does work and apparently works well for PPS, PPSX, PPT and
PPTX when started on the first slide, on all versions of PPT up to and
including PPT 2007 and best of all, it's free.

Chirag, thanks for the pointer to this add-in. Will solve problems for many
people, including the OP and myself.
 

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