Helpful Tips - Windows (PC), Apple (Mac), and other operating systems (Ubuntu, etc.)
Tips for Viewing, Downloading and Sending PPSX and Flash Slideshows
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Install PowerPoint Viewer (PC only)
First, you must have the PowerPoint Viewer installed on your computer
To view the slideshows you must download and install the free PowerPoint Viewer 2007 or 2010! No password is needed to download and view the slideshows when you use the PowerPoint Viewer!
Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2010 and 2007 let you view full-featured presentations created in PowerPoint 97 and later versions. Viewer 2007 is smaller and works with Windows XP Service Pack 1 or later Windows operating systems, whereas Viewer 2010 requires al least Windows XP Service Pack 3.
Download and install a trusted copy of the PowerPoint viewer program to view the slideshows.
NOTE: For your Windows computer to run the PowerPoint Viewer 2007 and view the slideshows properly, you may need to install Windows updates which may include an update to the PowerPoint Viewer 2007. Go to the Windows Update page on Microsoft.com to find any updates. Here’s the link: http://www.update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/default.aspx?ln=en-us
The Best Way to View the Slideshows
(PC) Download the slideshow file [ppsx] to your computer, then play!
When you play the show, if you are prompted for a password, click on 'Read Only' to open and view the slideshow. If you are using OpenOffice.org, you need to install the 'PowerPoint Viewer'.
(Mac and other operating systems) Download the zip file of the flash show to your computer, open and play!
Unzip/Open the zip file and then double-click the .html file to play the flash show.
(PC) If you are prompted to select the program to play the slideshow, you need to set the default program to view .ppsx files. To view a tutorial [made using Windows XP - other operating systems are similar] on how to set the default program to always open the slideshows with the PowerPoint Viewer, CLICK HERE
How to Download the Slideshows to Your Computer
(All operating systems) Click on the slideshow filename below the thumbnail or the download button, then click on 'Save' - or right click, then click 'Save Target As...' or 'Save Link As…'
(PC) If the slideshow saves as a zip file on your computer, rename the file to a ppsx file. Example: Change ' start_anew.zip ' to ' start_anew.ppsx
IMPORTANT: It is your responsibility to make sure that your computer or network firewall or security software is not blocking access to download the PowerPoint and Flash slideshows.
How to Send Slideshows Via Email
(All operating systems) Download the slideshow file to your computer. Attach the slideshow file to your email message and send.
How to sign up for free email updates
We only offer subscription in English and/or Spanish
NOTICE: It is your responsibility to make sure you can receive our email and that your access to download the shows is not blocked by security features and software.
(All operating systems) To receive our weekly email, follow the link for Free Email Updates and on the page that opens, enter the required information. Near the bottom of the form, it is extremely important to select either English or Spanish or both to receive our email.
After you submit your request, you will receive a confirmation email. In that email, you must click on the link 'Yes I want to join' to confirm your subscription. If you do not confirm, you will not receive the free email updates.
How to Change Your Subscription Email Address or Email Preferences
NOTICE: We do not have access to change your subscription email address! You must do that!
(All operating systems) In the email you receive from us, at the bottom find and click on the link 'preferences'. In the web page that opens with your subscription information, make the changes needed.