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How to make links open in a new window from PowerPoint's HTML

Problem

You have a link in your presentation that points to, say, a PDF file or a web page. When you play the presentation in PowerPoint, clicking the link opens the external file in a new window.

But when you save your presentation as a web page from PowerPoint, the links open in the same browser window.

Solution 1

For links that are to open in the browser, edit the HTML files that PowerPoint has created:

Solution 2

WebTech411 posted this neat trick on the PowerPoint newsgroup.

Instead of linking to, let's say, a PDF, you'll create a special small HTML file and link to that instead. The HTML file contains javascript that triggers when the HTML page loads and opens a new window on the PDF.

Here's what your HTML file should look like:

<html>
<head>
<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">

<!-- Begin
redirTime = "100";
redirURL = "BB8151.pdf";
function redirFile() { self.setTimeout("self.location.href = 
redirURL;",redirTime); }
//  End -->
</script>
</head>

<body onLoad=redirFile()>

</body>
</html>

Solution 3

If your presentation doesn't depend heavily on animation, give the PPTools PPT2HTML add-in for PowerPoint a try. One of its options is to make every link open in a second window or to make every link open in a unique new window.

Visit the PPTools PPT2HTML site for more information and a free, fully functional demonstration version of PPT2HTML


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Last update 07 June, 2011
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