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Some media clips that were created after PowerPoint was released may not play properly when they're inserted into your slideshow. Windows Media Player can frequently play media clips that PowerPoint cannot. If you have Windows Media Player 6 or later installed, you can play these clips with the Windows Media Player right inside your slideshow. I'm going to go down to slide 6 in my exercise file. The title on this slide that says Test of Our Shorter Web Spot. It's best to insert this type of control on a slide that doesn't have any placeholders in the main area.
The next thing we need to do is add the Developer tab to the Ribbon. Click on the File tab and then go down and click on Options. In the Options dialog box, click on Customize Ribbon on the left-hand side. In the column on the far right, put a check mark in front of the Developer and then click OK. On your new Developer tab click on More Controls in the Controls group. It's the one that has a hammer and a wrench with a dot, dot, dot on it.
In the list of Controls, scroll down to the very bottom and then click on Windows Media Player. Click OK and then drag on the slide where you want to draw the control. Starting in the upper left corner and ending in the lower right. Don't worry if it's not exactly where you need it to be or exactly the right size. If you do need to resize the control, drag the sizing handles. If you need to move it, pick it up by clicking your arrow in the middle of the box and dragging it where you want it to go. You can also fine-tune your placement by using the arrows on your keyboard.
Now, let's assign our Windows Media Control a movie to play. In Windows, open up a Windows Explorer dialog box and locate the File 10s_video. Because you'll be linking to the file instead of embedding it, I recommend keeping the video in the same folder as your PowerPoint file so that if you move the presentation, you won't orphan the media clip. Now, hold down your Shift and right click on your video. Choose Copy as path. Now, go back to PowerPoint, right click on your Windows Media object, and then choose Properties.
Note that you can also choose properties on your Ribbon and that you can resize this dialog box from narrow to wide. Now, click on the box next to URL and then right-click in it and choose Paste. If there are quotation marks in the beginning and end of the path, delete them. If there are any other adjustments you'd like to make to the Windows Media Player, you can also make them now. For example, you could change the height or the width or whether the controls are visible when the video plays.
I'm going to leave all of those on their default and close the Properties pane. Now, let's play our slideshow. I'll start the slideshow and my movie will start right away. (Music playing) (Female speaker: Welcome to Hansel & Petal.) I'll click pause. Now, I noticed that I have a lot of extra space around my video. So, I can hit Escape, to go back to the Normal view, and resize my control as needed. I'll play it again. (Music playing) That's a little better.
(Female speaker: Welcome to Hansel...) Now, here's one troubleshooting issue to note. If you're going to be using the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer to distribute your finished slideshow or exporting it as a movie, using this Windows Media Player control won't work. But if you have a media clip format that PowerPoint won't recognize, but Windows Media Player will, this is a great workaround.
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