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Fixing PowerPoint 2010 on Windows 7 running on a MacBook

If you try typing anything in PowerPoint 2010 running on Windows 7 installed in Boot Camp, PowerPoint may abort. The first time I installed Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro, PowerPoint 2010 worked just fine. But the second time was a disaster. PowerPoint aborted every time I tried to type anything. The fix is easy and is detailed in the screen captures shown below. You have to specify a keyboard layout to resolve this issue.

I do not know why the first installation was fine and the second was not, but I am willing to speculate. The first time the Office 2010 suite was installed using defaults. The second time a custom installation was done and all features were installed. I do not know if that difference caused the problem, but in the interest of full disclosure, I thought you should know.


Figure 1. PowerPoint 2010 aborted on Windows 7 installed on a MacBook Pro.


Figure 2. Windows did not notify me of a solution.


Figure 3. Go to File and then select Options.


Figure 4. Select Language and then click the Not enabled hyperlink. The problem is caused by not having a keyboard layout specified.


Figure 5. Click the Add button.


Figure 6. Select an appropriate keyboard. Click OK.


Figure 7. Problem solved. Click OK.

Published Monday, September 12, 2011 8:13 PM by John Paul Cook

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AaronBertrand said:

FWIW I find PowerPoint much more responsive, with much better appearance, running in the host than in the VM.

September 14, 2011 1:34 AM

John Paul Cook said:

Just so that people aren't confused, I'm not running in a virtual machine. Boot Camp allows dual booting and I'm choosing Windows 7 to boot with.

September 15, 2011 12:45 AM

Neylan said:

Why can't i embed fonts? I know how; it just doesn't work, even with "install" fonts--checked that as well. Can someone help?

November 3, 2011 1:24 PM

Gavin said:

This problem has been driving me nuts for months. Last I checked the web for a solution, I was informed that this was an Apple problem -- that we'd have to wait for Apple to release new BootCamp drivers to fix this bug with PowerPoint. Glad to learn that it's just a stupid default keyboard setting. Doh!

August 31, 2012 10:50 AM

Tom said:

The PPT fix was right on!  Thanks

March 6, 2013 12:34 AM

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is a database and Azure specialist in Houston. He previously worked as a Data Platform Solution Architect in Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a Registered Nurse currently studying to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2. Connect on LinkedIn

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