Some people,after installing Windows XP Service Pack 2, find that when you open a .PPS file that came as a mail attachment in Outlook Express, you may see the Open / Cancel dialog box. When you select Open, the following error may be displayed:
This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel
Whereas the same file may open fine when saved to disk, and then viewed. This happens if the Open verb is missing for that file type.
To fix this problem Click Start, Run and type CONTROL FOLDERS. In the Folder Options applet that opens, select the File Types tab Scroll down and locate the following entry:
"PPS (Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Show)"
Click the New button
Type Open in the the Action: text box
In the Application used to perform action: field, type the following exactly:
For PowerPoint Viewer 2003:
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\PowerPoint Viewer\pptview.exe" "%1"
For PowerPoint Viewer 2007:
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\pptview.exe" "%1"
Uncheck the Use DDE box
Click OK, OK
Close the Folder Options dialog
You should now be able to open .PPS files from Outlook Express.
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