01-30-2011 03:45 PM
Is it possible to change the function of the buttons on the R400 wireless presenter?
When the play button is pressed by default it plays the PowerPoint show from the first slide, and pressing it again exists the show. This is "dangerous" because if you inadvertently press it during your show, the show exits back to PowerPoint. Pressing the play button again starts the show from the beginning again, and there's no way to jump back to where you were without skipping through ever slide (or going to the computer itself).
What I'd like to do is make the play button work the option in PowerPoint called "Play from current slide". That way, if you inadvertently press the button during a presentation, a second press will take you back to exactly where you were.
I don't understand why Logitech didn't make it work this way straight out (since it would have started play from the beginning anyway if you'd only just opened up your presentation). But, since they didn't is there any way to change it?
02-02-2011 01:45 PM - edited 02-02-2011 01:48 PM
I posted a solution to this probelm in the old forum (before they rearranged them.)
I will paste the solution here as well because I think it is really useful:
The "Launch Slideshow" button on the R800 alternates between F5 and ESC when you press it.
This is a disaster in some versions of PowerPoint. If you are mid presentation and you hit the button, it sends ESC which drops you out of presentation mode. Press it again, and it sends F5, which starts PowerPoint AT THE BEGINNING. Then you have to very unprofessionally scramble over to your PC and advance slides to where you were.
What I did is download and install AutoHotKey, which is a utility that intercepts and remaps key strokes. I created a simple script that remaps the F5 key to Shift-F5. (Shift-F5 is "Resume" in powerpoint). The one line script looks like this:
Now, if I press the "Launch" button mid show, it still drops out of presentation mode, but if I press it again, it resumes where I left off. (I did not want to disable ESC because you need to press ESC when you really do want to get out!)
05-16-2011 04:12 PM
Many thanks for the tip Chris100, indeed the Logitech R400's black screen button does not work on french powerpoint because the french powerpoint (2007, 2010) maps the ";" key or the "b" key to the black screen (and not the "." key). Thanks to your tip I was able to find a solution to this. Here is the AutoHotKey script for the ones looking for a solution to this problem (also includes your suggestion to the F5 problem):
08-31-2011 02:32 AM
Hi from France and thanks for the trick with autokey.
When i use play button i now have a blanck button (but white screen that may be noisy for the one who's making the show. )
Any help to get a black screen ? maybe it's in powerpoint this time ?