Preventing Powerpoint popups during Applescript

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  1. 99bobster99 macrumors newbie

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    Aug 2, 2011
    #1
    Is there a way to prevent all the visual flashing from popups during the "activating" of Powerpoint through an applescript? I have the following code which works, but there are a lot of popups which occur before and after the slide show plays, any suggestions?

    To start the powerpoint slide show;

    Code:
    tell application "Microsoft Powerpoint"
    activate
    open "/users/documents/show1.pptx"
    run slide show the slide show settings of the front presentation
    end tell
    To stop the powerpoint slide show;

    Code:
    tell application "Microsoft Powerpoint"
    exit slide show slide show view of slide show window of the front presentation
    tell front presentation
    save in "/users/documents/show1.pptx"
    close
    end tell
    end tell
    I tried various patterns of the "Finder" to make the process "visible" false, but that did not work. The main powerpoint screen is always open. I even tried to use "launch" instead of "activate", same thing, my slide stalled and started playing half way into the presentation. Any ideas?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Jun 6, 2003
    Location:
    Solon, OH
    #2
    PowerPoint, like most programs written properly to support AppleScript, should also support an option to turn dialogs off. To find this, open PowerPoint's dictionary in AppleScript Editor. (File -> Open Dictionary... then navigate to PowerPoint)
     

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