Embedded Flash Does Not Work On Another Computer

Wednesday, July 1, 2009
posted by Geetesh at 12:05 PM IST

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I got this question from one of our readers:

Thank you for a very good tutorial on how to insert Flash into a PowerPoint presentation. I followed your instructions and it worked great on my computer. Now I have to send this presentation to different clients for a review and the problem starts ... some can't see the animation (even though they downloaded Flash Player through IE etc...) I am sending them my PowerPoint presentation file along with SWF files that are inserted in one folder. I instruct to open the presentation through PowerPoint applications but they still cant see what I made. I could not find anywhere on your site that explains how to properly publish your presentation and share with other people. If I cant distribute what I did then all the work was very much useless, all the presentations are given to other people and different conference and they all have different PCs. I would love to know if you can help or guide me in the right direction.

Well, the answer is to not embed the Flash file at all as per instructions on this page. Make sure you don't embed the file in the PowerPoint presentation -- then place both the SWF file and the external text file in the same folder as the PowerPoint presentation and insert the Flash control thereafter.

See Also: Cannot Embed Flash Movies in PowerPoint 2007

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I am having the same issue with content that is not embedded. It appears that powerpoint 'stores' the specific version of the activex control from the computer which the powerpoint was created (or last saved). So, I create a swf targeting flash player 7, and insert the swf into a powerpoint presentation (not embedded) on a machine that has flash player 8. From that point on, the target machine (that the end user is working on) must have flash player 8 or higher to see the flash content. Say that person has flash player 9, and makes changes to the powerpoint file, saves it, and tries to bring it back to the machine with flash player 8...the flash content will not run. Is there any way to keep powerpoint from 'hijacking' my flash player minimum requirements?


I have this problem too. I'm trying to share a PPT slide that includes an embedded Flash object. The slide loads without issue in Fullscreen mode on most machines that have PowerPoint 2003 and 2007. However, a handful seem to have a problem. The problem machines display a blank screen rather than the Flash object when I try to view the slide in Fullscreen mode.

Looking into the issue, I found that all the computers on which the Flash object does not work have PowerPoint 2003 Service Pack 3 installed.

Does anyone know a workaround for this issue please?

I have already attempted the following:
- Embedding the object inside the PPT document
- Manually linking to the Flash object using this tutorial: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291875
- Installing the latest version of Flash and Shockwave players
- Clearing temporary internet files and other cache
- Changing the path of the Shockwave Flash control under "Properties" > "Movie"

All without success :(

Thanks in advance!


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