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Office shapes move or duplicate themselves when I click them (VISTA/Windows 7)



This only seems to occur under Windows Vista and Windows 7. If you have either of those Windows versions and experience this problem, you need to locate the main PowerPoint executable file, POWERPNT.EXE, and change its properties, specifically one called Desktop Composition.

If you have Windows 7

If you have Windows Vista

That's all there is to it

Start PowerPoint back up and go to work. You may see a message saying that the color scheme has changed to Windows, Vista Basic and that some visual elements are disabled temporarily. Apparently that's a side-effect of disabling desktop composition. Don't just click the X to get rid of it.

Instead, click where it says to click for "More Information." A dialog box will pop up with the option to check "Don't show this message again."

By checking that box, you won't have to see the annoying color scheme message every time you start PowerPoint. This applies to PowerPoint 2010 and Windows 7.

Thanks to PowerPoint MVP Shawn Toh (tohlz) of PowerPoint Heaven for this solution and to Martin C for the Windows 7 suggestions, and to PowerPoint MVP David Marcovitz for the tip about permanently getting rid of that silly color scheme message.

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Last update 23 June, 2011