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Can't run slideshow / screen show won't start; Icon appears on task bar


You doubleclick a PPS file or open a PowerPoint presentation and start a slide show but nothing happens. An icon for the presentation appears on the task bar, but clicking it doesn't switch to the slide show view of your presentation.


The application may have moved, for whatever reason, to a secondary monitor that's not actually there. To fix this:


The presentation may be set up to use the "Secondary monitor" for slide shows.

If there's only one monitor attached to the computer, it'll be the Primary monitor. The slide show will be shown on the secondary monitor that isn't there, also known as the "air monitor" or "nowhere mon". You see an icon on the task bar and that's it.

To fix the problem:
If you're running PowerPoint 2002 or later

If you're running PowerPoint 2000

If that doesn't fix it ...
If your laptop is connected to a port replicator, check its video configuration. One user on the PowerPoint Newsgroup reports:

"The presentation was using the primary monitor. But my notebook is connected to a port replicator with a video out that I never use. The port replicator was configured so that the unused video out was the primary and the notebook itself was the secondary. A quick change to turn off the unused video out and the presentation worked like a charm."

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Can't run slideshow / screen show won't start; Icon appears on task bar
Last update 28 November, 2012