Launching Other Applications
is an "MVP" and advisor in the PowerPoint newsgroup (news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.powerpoint).
He and his friend Chirag Dalal have developed a tiny and elegant
little executable that will allow you to easily use Action Settings
for multiple functions that were previously more complicated or
limited for a presentation distributed via autorun CD. Launch is
freeware and may be freely distributed.
Launch.exe <Verb> <Command> <Parameters>
The verbs are:
must be in quotes if they are Long File Names (LFN's), e.g., containing
special characters such as spaces, or exceeding 8 characters. The
"current folder" below refers to the folder where your
presentation resides. On an autorun CD, the current folder will be
(CD drive letter):\present.
2. You can provide a fully qualified filename/path. For example:
3. You can use a reference, relative to the current folder. For example:
<Parameters> is used to provide additional parameters to the program defined in the <Command> statement.
How to use Launch.exe in PowerPoint
In PowerPoint, you will find Launch.exe very useful.
Please Note: Your users will receive a "Macro/Virus" warning message when they click on the first instance of a link to Launch.exe in your presentation and they will be asked if they want to enable or disable macros. This cannot be avoided and is part of Office's security protection features. You want them to enable macros, otherwise the link will not work. I recommend that you insert a small printed note about this when you mail the CD, or you can insert an explanatory slide at the beginning of the presentation. It can say something like this:
"At some point when playing this presentation, you may receive a message box asking you whether you want to "Enable" or "Disable" macros. Please be assured that there are no viruses on this CD and the macros included have been thoroughly tested and proven to be virus free. Click "Enable Macros" and the presentation will play without further interruption. This warning message is provided automatically by Microsoft in case you do not trust the developer of the presentation. Be assured that you can trust all of the files included in this presentation. My E-Mail address is (your address) so feel free to write to me if you have any concerns."
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