Back slash vs. Forward slash

May 07, 2013

At the end of each chapter I have a hyperlink:

the link is entered into PowerPoint as:  ../SeT10Cl5KmprTz.php

I save the presentation.

I open the presentation and the link looks like: ..\SeT10Cl5KmprTz.php  (slash has changed)

When I publish the presentation and run it, the link looks like: ..SeT10Cl5KmprTz.php (No slash at all).

So, if I forget to change the backslash to a forward slash every time I make a change to any of my presentations, the students will get a 404 Page not found, which is correct because the link is in error.

Obviously Bill Gates changes things for me and Articulator ignores what Bill Gates has changed.


8 Replies
Peter Anderson

Hi Juergen, 

Here ya go:

When you create a file hyperlink in PowerPoint, you may find that the forward slashes in the file path get converted to backslashes, preventing the hyperlink from working in your Presenter '09 published output.

This is a known PowerPoint issue. Use either of the following options to avoid this behavior:

  • Place the file on a web server or LMS, and use the HTTP URL to create the hyperlink in PowerPoint.
  • Save your presentation in the backwards-compatible format PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation.
Juergen Ahlmann

I hear what you are saying. However, BEFORE I start to publish, a slash is there. When I am finished publishing, the published Articulate presentation has NO slash when I start with a Back slash. Yet, the slash is still in the PowerPoint presentation. This would clearly indicate that Articulate simply drops the Back slash in a link that is NOT a web address. I have created a test scenario. Please check it out and let me know: is a test/player.html



Phil Mayor

You can write a macro to fix this issue.  It is a powerpoint error that has a never been fixed.

It is not good practice to use spaces in web addresses much better to use underscores. that is why your link is broken.

will give you the code you need for your macro just run it before you publish

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