PowerPoint question - Character Map

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February 6, 2010 at 13:59:49
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.793 GHz / 1534 MB
My computer specs above are not related to this question...

Powerpoint presentation is on a server.
There are 176 computers connected to the server.
The character map is password protected.
IT will not release the password to add new fonts.

So can I put the character maps on cd and have powerpoint draw the needed fronts from there instead of windows.

I know the fonts can be embedded into the presentation but they are not on the server so an outside source is needed.

The cd will contain windows character map and also All fonts ( Private Characters)

All thoughts are welcome.

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February 7, 2010 at 06:30:47

Character map, 'charmap.exe' is small program that, as far as I know, does not contain any fonts - it just accesses the available (installed) fonts on the PC, so loading CharMap.exe from a CD or USB stick will not provide access to additional fonts.

How about saving the PPT presentation to USB stick, taking it home, then use fonts available there, and embed them and then take the PPT presentation back to work and re-save it on the server.


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February 7, 2010 at 10:17:55
Since we are a full service forum, I posted your question over at:


This is the answer from Steve Rindsberg:

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I'm not sure what you mean by "character maps". Can you clarify that?

But it may not be relevant; PowerPoint can only use fonts that are embedded in a presentation or installed in Windows. While the font files needn't be installed in the usual Windows Fonts directory, there needs to be at least a shortcut there, and w/o permission to install fonts, I don't think you're going to be able to get there.

Can you copy the presentation to another PC where you have permission to install fonts, save it with fonts embedded, then put it back on the server?

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February 7, 2010 at 11:30:18
I will ask and see if I can get a copy of the presentation and edit it at home. :-)

It took less than a minute to get their password, but all hel* will break loose if the fonts show up on the server without admins approval. LOL! 

Did password protect my test computer and tried it with the fonts on both a floppy and cd ....no go, but works when embedded.

Since my new job is with the State.....I'm going to walk softly but carry a big stick.....Ha!

Thank you all.

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