- Reading PowerPoint slides in Protected View
Re: Reading PowerPoint slides in Protected View
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On 11/11/2020 12:30, Quentin
This is a known issue with PowerPoint - we have an
open issue for it here: https://github.com/nvaccess/nvda/issues/10155
In the meantime, the workaround (aside from enabling
editing), is to actually run the presentation (press F5) -
NVDA will read the presentation when running.
I did a search, but couldn't find anything on list about
this, and could just be missing something.
As is probably quite common, my university makes our lecture
slides available as Microsoft PowerPoint files. Since these
files are downloaded, PowerPoint opens them in protected
view. Now, I know how to enable editing, but I can't work
out a good way of accessing the slides with protected view
enabled. When I cycle through PowerPoint's various areas
(with F6 or Shift+F6), I just hear "pane" where I would
expect the slide switcher and slide view to be.
The only way I have found to be able to read the slides
(apart from starting the slide show) is to navigate to this
pane, move the mouse to the navigator and left click. I am
then able to interact with the slides as normal, except, of
course, I can't change anything.
You may of course ask why I don't just enable editing. Two
reasons really. The first, which I'm not really concerned
about with these files, is security. The second is that I
don't want to modify these files, and protected view is just
another mechanism to prevent accidental edits.
If anyone is aware of a better way of interacting with
slideshows in protected view, I'd love to hear about it. If
not, I might look and see if there is an issue open on this
and if not open one myself.
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