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OfficeOne TransparentShow 3.0

TransparentShow can make a particular color of the slide show transparent. The regions where the slides have the specified color are replaced by the contents on the desktop. The end effect is: you see Animated PowerPoint Objects on your desktop! One of the applications of such a feature is to provide subtitles for video. You can run a video using Windows Media Player or any other video player and run a TransparentShow-enabled PowerPoint slide show that has the video subtitles. The PowerPoint slide show will run on top of this video and give the required effect. To use TransparentShow, follow the instructions given below.


TransparentShow is supported on Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 (XP) and Microsoft PowerPoint 2000. It requires Windows 2000 or Windows XP. Click on one of the following links to download TransparentShow:

Both versions are identical - download the .zip version if you are unable to download .exe files.

Installation Instructions

  • Download and save TransparentShow30.zip.
  • Extract and execute TransparentShow30.exe and follow the instructions given at the end of the installation.

Using TransparentShow

After loading TransparentShow addin in PowerPoint, select Slide Show  | Start Transparent Show... menu item. This dialog box enables you to select the Transparent color and start the slide show through the Start Show button.

Click the Save Settings button to save the transparent color setting with the presentation itself. This allows you to start a slide show directly from Windows and make it transparent without going through the Transparent Show dialog box. Please save the presentation after dismissing the TransparentShow dialog box after click the Save Settings button.

Note: Make sure you have the display mode set to 16-bit or 24-bit color. 32-bit color mode doesn't work with some video cards.

In conjunction with OfficeOne PowerShow, TransparentShow can be used to display text over video in PowerPoint. See the Text Over Video tip for more details.

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