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Move Settings Between Computers

PowerPoint stores all of your toolbar settings and other general interface tweaks in a small, easily accessible file that can be swapped between computers.

PowerPoint stores all of your toolbar settings and other general interface tweaks in a small, easily accessible file that can be swapped between computers. This is incredibly useful on the road, when you need to do work on a foreign machine.

For Windows 98:

The file can be found here: c:\windows\application data\Microsoft\powerpoint\ppt.pcb

For Windows 2000 and XP:

First you need to turn on the setting to view hidden files. This can be done in Windows Explorer. Simply go to Tools > Folder Options > View and inside the scroll window will be a radio button that says “Show Hidden Files and Folders.” Make sure this is checked, and hit “OK.”

After that, go to: c:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Microsoft\PowerPoint\PPT.pcb

You cannot alter this file directly. Opening it will only reveal gibberish ASCII characters. However, you can easily overwrite the same file on another machine, but before you do this, BACKUP THE OLD FILE. Create a folder called “Old,” drop the original PPT.pcb file in there, and then drop your own PPT.pcb in the root directory where the old one was, effectively replacing the old one.