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Viewing Presentations in a Web Browser

If you save your presentation as a web page, the entire presentation can be viewed with a web browser (see Figure 10). The person looking at your presentation need not have PowerPoint installed to see all the details and navigate the presentation fully. (Note the navigation buttons along the bottom of the presentation, which allow the viewer to show or hide the outline and notes pane, to jump from slide to slide, and to display the presentation as a slide show.)

Figure 10. This PowerPoint presentation is being viewed through Internet Explorer.

To get full effect of the browser-viewing option, the person viewing the presentation should be running Internet Explorer version 5 or later, Firefox 1.0 or later, or Netscape/Mozilla version 5 or later. Although you can create presentations that show up on earlier versions of these browsers, there are extensive limitations on what they can do.


This browser-viewing capability might not perform precisely the way you expect. In particular, you might be disappointed with the way diagonal lines (for example, in AutoShape callouts), WordArt, and Organization Charts appear when viewed in a browser window.

Before you expend a lot of effort developing a presentation for the Web, flesh out a few of the most complex graphics, stick them in a slide, and choose File, Web Page Preview. That will give you a good indication of how the final presentation will appear, at least when using the browser installed on your PC. If you discover a display problem, consider saving the org chart or AutoShape as a standard graphic and inserting it into a slide instead. Save the original as a hidden slide so that you can edit it later.

by BrainBellupdated