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I would like to prevent the use of some keyboard shortcuts in a Powerpoint 2010 slideshow (like left and right arrows) while in full screen mode. Is it possible ? How can I do it ?

I was able to disable most of the other shortcuts (on-screen menu, and right click) but I cannot find a way to disable the keyboard shortcuts.

I mainly want to prevent the users from switching slides with the arrows. I was looking for an option inside powerpoint to generate an interactive game with hyperlinks for example. The arrows kind of break the purpose.

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I realized that there are many keyboard shortcuts to intercept. Which ones do you want to keep? –  iglvzx Mar 2 '12 at 23:37
    
@iglvzx : I mainly want to prevent the users from switching slides with the arrows. I was looking for an option inside powerpoint to generate an interactive game with hyperlinks for example. The arrows kind of break the purpose. –  Matthieu Mar 3 '12 at 1:40
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I think the "Browsed at a kiosk (full screen)" option would work.

office.microsoft.com says

Setting up a slide show to run at a kiosk allows you to control whether mouse clicks anywhere on the screen advance the slide. For example, if you want the slide show to be viewed at a specific pace, set automatic timings and then set the slide show to run at a kiosk. To give users additional control, you can add navigation, such as hyperlinks or action buttons, to your slides.

On the Slide Show menu, click Set Up Show.
Under Show type, click Browsed at a kiosk (full screen).

Note If you set up a slide show to run at a kiosk, remember to also add automatic timings or navigation hyperlinks or action buttons. Otherwise, the slide show will show only the first slide.

I'm pretty sure it also works in Powerpoint 2007 and 2010 (even though they aren't mentioned on that page).

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Yes. The Kiosk feature is also in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 –  iglvzx Mar 3 '12 at 2:36
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Note:

Before the design of the slideshow was brought up, my answer would have worked. Now, I think that @TheElectricMuffin's answer is the best for @Matthieu. I'm leaving my answer up for those who may be looking for a way to disable only the Next|Previous keyboard shortcuts.


This can be done using AutoHotkey:

#IfWinActive, PowerPoint Slide Show

    ;disable 'Next'
    n::
    Enter::
    PgDn::
    Right::
    Down::
    Space::

    ;disable 'Previous'
    p::
    PgUp::
    Left::
    Up::
    BackSpace::

#IfWinActive
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