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How to Enable "Run Programs" in PowerPoint 2016 to Invoke BiteFX From Slides

Posted by Stuart Harman on Fri, Nov 22, 2019 @ 09:11 AM

From the desk of Stu Harman, our support and coaching expert. In this article Stu explains how to enable the "Run Programs" custom action in PowerPoint 2016 (Office 365) to allow you to invoke BiteFX from PowerPoint 2016 slides.

With the release of PowerPoint 2016, included in the Microsoft Office 365 suite of applications, the "Run Programs" custom action feature required to invoke BiteFX animations from a PowerPoint slide is disabled. If you want to be able to invoke BiteFX from your slide presentations, you can modify the registry to re-enable the process. Here's how to do it as described by the Microsoft Support blog, "Run Programs" custom action is disabled in PowerPoint 2016":

Note: Follow the steps provided carefully. Serious problems may occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. It is recommended that you back up the registry for restoration in case problems occur!

  1. Exit all Microsoft applications.

  2. Start Registry Editor:

    • Windows 10, go to Start, enter regedit in the Search box, and then select regedit.exe in the search results.
    • Windows 8, move your mouse to the upper-right corner, select Search, enter regedit in the search text box, and then select regedit.exe in the search results.

  3. Locate and then select the following registry subkey:


  4. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then select DWORD Value.

  5. Enter RunPrograms, and then press Enter.

  6. In the Details pane, press and hold (or right-click) RunPrograms, and then select Modify.

  7. In the Value data box, enter "1" (recommended value; see below), and then select OK.

    • The value "0" means that the Run Program action settings are disabled. This is the default value with PowerPoint 2016.
    • The value "1" means that the Run Program action settings are enabled, but a security warning will be displayed before the program is run. This was the old default value in previous versions of PowerPoint.
    • The value "2" means that the Run Program action settings are enabled without the security warning dialog. This is not recommended.

  8. Exit Registry Editor.


Once the registry security value has been edited, you can now copy and paste the action buttons from the appropriate file for your computer's configuration (32 Bit or 64 Bit machine) located in the (C:) Program File or Program File (x86) > BiteFXV3 or BiteFXV4 folder (scroll all the way to the bottom).

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For complete instructions how to invoke BiteFX from PowerPoint, see our blog, How to Invoke BiteFX Animations from Microsoft PowerPoint.


If you need further assistance with invoking BiteFX from a PowerPoint 2016 presentation, please contact us by email at your convenience, or by telephone Mon-Fri  8am–5pm Pacific Time:

1-877-2BiteFX (1-877-224-8339)
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