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PowerPoint Pictures invisible in main window, OK in show

by ahw30045 / April 2, 2005 4:13 AM PST

I am running Windows XP Home SP2 on Velocity Micro PC at 3.0 GHz with 1 GB RAM.

After changing PCs, I installed MS Office 2003 with PowerPoint 2003 SP1. When I tried to open my current PowerPoint project, the inserted pictures in the main window are invisible: I can see them in my slide summary at the left (in normal view) and they are OK in the Slide Show. I have tried starting a new PPT, inserting standard pictures and it happens the same way. I have tried inserting Clip Art with same results.

I have uninstalled and reinstalled but with no success. I had installed PowerPlugs and had used them with no problems with previous install; still, I uninstalled but it didn?t help.

Can someone help?

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Try their support.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 2, 2005 5:42 AM PST
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Completely uninstalled PowerPlugs and PowerPoint: no good
by ahw30045 / April 2, 2005 7:28 AM PST
In reply to: Try their support.

I have Completely uninstalled PowerPlugs and PowerPoint but there is no change when I reinstall PowerPoint (but not PowerPlugs); I rebooted after the uninstalls and rebooted after the install.

Anyone else seen this?

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Try OpenOffice's powerpoint workalike.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 2, 2005 7:43 AM PST
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I don't think it is PowerPlugs problem
by ahw30045 / April 2, 2005 8:16 AM PST

I don't think it is PowerPlugs problem; I uninstalled it with no change. There is nothing on the support site.

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Did Open Office display it OK?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 2, 2005 9:07 AM PST

And I read something on the support site. But some can't use that and need to call in for support. From what I can tell it's a setting, but which one.


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Yes, Open Office opened it fine
by ahw30045 / April 2, 2005 9:52 AM PST

Yes, Open Office opened the PowerPoint slide fine. What does that tell us, that it is a setting on PowerPoint?

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That's a great clue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 2, 2005 10:19 AM PST

It means it's either a mugged Office install (generic way of writing bad/incorrect DLL or other problem) or a setting.

Be sure to explore ALL items under the View menu.

Sorry, I don't know which it can be since... I'm not there and I never used the Crystal items.


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What is the difference in PowerPoint XP and 2003?
by ahw30045 / April 3, 2005 7:41 AM PDT
In reply to: That's a great clue.

I tried installing my PowerPoint XP edition and everything works fine. Does anyone know what are the differences between PowerPoint XP and 2003? Do I lose anything important?

I have both versions running on the same system; I had hoped that the 2003 would install over the successful XP version and be normal, but I guess this might work.

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PowerPoint Pictures invisible in main window, OK in show
by glennashaw / April 3, 2005 9:49 PM PDT


Upgrade your video drivers if possible
Turn back hardware acceleration
Install DirectX

Hope this helps,

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