Protected PowerPoint Online

Protected PowerPoint Online

Have you ever wanted to publish a PowerPoint presentation online but wanted to protect your content?

This is a test post to show that it’s possible to embed a PowerPoint presentation within a web page using OneDrive and a presentation with a modify (read only) password applied to it. The password does not prevent the file from being downloaded but it does prevent it from being edited online or offline unless the modify password is known.

The presentation itself is a rather uninteresting single slide as shown below.

If you try to edit this presentation using PowerPoint Online you will see a message like this:

PowerPoint Online Protected message

The presentation can be downloaded but even then, the content cannot be edited as the user will see this message when opening it:

PowerPoint Read Only message

 

How it was created

From PowerPoint (2013 used in this test):

  1. Create your presentation
  2. Click File / Save As
  3. Click OneDrive
  4. Click the Public folder
  5. Click the Tools drop down next to the Save button and select General Options
  6. Create a Password to modify (and confirm it after clicking OK)
  7. Save the file

From your OneDrive account in a web browser:

  1. Locate and click the presentation to open it
  2. Click the File button followed by Share and then Embed
  3. Copy the embed code from the window that appears and paste it to your website:
    PowerPoint Online Embed code

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