Monday, April 15, 2013 8:31 PMPosted By: Carlos Fernandes
I could have entitled this post "Hate hate hate hate" but if there is one person that finds this post that gets help from it - then my job as Super Geek is done for the day. So, it gets a slightly spammy but yet nicely optimized title and URL. Bingo!
Often I am sent PowerPoint presentations... and I have for years been able to open them just fine on my laptop and desktop machines. That was, until Windows 7.
I know the Mac crowd will scream out "Why are you still on Windows?" as they always do [while sipping on their Caramel Macchiatos] ... but I will soldier on with what works for me and the analytical work I do on a daily basis. They can pinch, zoom and slide on that :)
My monster of a pc very rarely has any problems at all. With 128GB of RAM and a meaty SSD there is not much it can't do (except make me the 17 cups of coffee I consume every day).
By the way, I digress for another few moments to say I hate people who send me a PowerPoint presentation 2 minutes before the telephone conference that I need it for.
If I do that to you, or more correctly when I do that to you, I expect you to hate me back.
So, onto the issue at hand....
You get sent a PowerPoint presentation to your email.
You double click the PPT attachment and it says "You should only open attachments from a trustworthy source."
Ok, so this popup happens even when his holiness Pope Francis sends me his Social Media strategy slides form the Vatican every month. Now, @pontifex is as trustworthy as they come... so I want his PowerPoints to open. Savvy?
HOWEVER, if you click "Open" - Windows fires another blasted popup at you.
"PowerPoint found a Problem with content in the Presentation xxxxxx.ppt"
The useless "REPAIR" button will just infuriate you that little bit more when it does not repair the said file. It never will. A button that does not work. How novel...
Anyway, there's a number of posts online that suggest that you go into the Trust Center Settings of PowerPoint and free it of its' shackles.
File >> Options >> Trust Center >> Trust Center Settings
I would not recommend this. This leaves your machine vulnerbale for nasty Pope impersonators (and others) to send you malicious files.
Here is the best solution for those not wanting to mess about with the "Authentication Level" and "Impersonation Level" settings within the computers' Component Services.
Do these simple steps and happily open PowerPoint presentations again...
1) Save the PowerPoint file onto your local drive.
2) Right click on the PowerPoint file
3) Click Unblock
4) Open the file and view the glorious contents while keeping your computer as secure as before.
Remember to only perform this "unblock" action if you are sure that you know the sender... and are equally sure that they like you.