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johnr
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Reset a PowerPoint show?

on Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:15 am
Does anyone know if there is a way to get a game in PPS mode to re-set or re-start from the beginning and be fully playable without having to exit and open up the file again.

For example, you have a two-slide game, with on-click animations on both slides and a 'Try again' button on slide two, hyperlinked back to slide one.

- You complete the slide one animations, go on to slide two, make a mess and hit the 'Try again' button.

- You then go back to slide one but the animations are not re-set and the slide is just as you left it and you can't do the on-click animations again - or can you??  (Hope this makes sense!)

I suspect it can be done with a macro but don't know how complicated this would be - can it be done without a macro?
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Re: Reset a PowerPoint show?

on Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:01 am
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John,

Ever heard of Custom Shows? It's running a slideshow, within a slideshow.

To set it up, go to Custom SlideShows from the Slideshow Tab. It will ask you to select the slides you want for your Custom Show. For your example, it will be Slide 2. Name your Custom Show, and save.

Then, go to Slide 1, and relink the button to Slide 2 through Action Settings. Instead of going to Slide 2, you are going to link to your newly named Custom Show.

On Slide 2, you are going to relink the button to Slide 1 to say "End Show" which would then exit your Custom Show and go back to the first Slideshow you were currently in, which was Slide 1. Going back into the Custom Show would essentially reset Slide 2.
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Re: Reset a PowerPoint show?

on Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:57 am
I'v heard of, and seen the option for Custom Shows - but never used them.

Thank you so much, I'll give this a try.
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Re: Reset a PowerPoint show?

on Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:31 am
Yes. Got it to work in a couple of ways with link to 'end show' as above. Also tried link from Custom slide to 'slide one' and that started slide 1 from scratch.

Thanks again.
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Re: Reset a PowerPoint show?

on Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:16 pm
If you don't feel like turning to the complications of using custom shows in the future, it helps to know that if a button links directly to a slide with key animations, PowerPoint has a glitch where the slide won't reset each time the button triggers it.  That's why the ball in "JayBowl - LEGENDS" only appeared the first time each score was rolled.

What I didn't find out until I started working on "GIGA STREET FIGHTER II" is that it does reset the slide if you add a blank or other transitional slide before the one that contains the desired result of the link, and then change the link to that intermediary slide.

Many times it's actually easier to use custom shows, but in case their interface ever leaves you jaded, there's a trick that just might save you some future headaches.
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