Fixed Paths in PowerPoint

Subject: Fixed Paths in PowerPoint
From: "Susan Moran" <smoran -at- cscc -dot- edu>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 04:55:00 -0500

I'm teaching a class in technical presentations at a community college, and PowerPoint 2000 is the tool used in the class. We are running into a path problem with multimedia files. When the students use the Insert>Movies or Sound>From File command to insert multimedia files, PowerPoint creates a fixed path to the inserted file beginning with the drive specification.

When the students try to transfer a presentation from a network drive to a Zip disk (or vice versa) or burn a completed presentation onto a CD, PPT looks for the file on the originally specified drive and, of course, doesn't find it. I have searched the software without success for a way to edit the path. Microsoft tech support hasn't responded to my inquiry, and the term is almost over.

Has anyone encountered the same problem and figured out a way to edit the path? Or is there a way to work around the problem and achieve a similar result - a multimedia file in a presentation that plays as scripted?


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