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    Technical help wanted! I help at a local U3A group which uses a laptop and digital projector for amateur travel presentations - sometimes PowerPoint, sometimes a bunch of JPG images.

    Previously, the U3A projector was connected to the laptop via USB cable, which allowed us to use the projector's remote control to advance through the presentation.

    Now, the venue has installed a lovely new ceiling-mounted projector, and we connect via an HDMI cable in a wall socket. We use a different remote control that communicates directly to the laptop via a USB wireless attachment.

    PowerPoint presentations still work fine with this remote control, presumably because the software is "listening" for the remote control. But presentations with individual images DON'T work, presumably because Windows Photo Viewer isn't intelligent enough!

    So: Is there some free software for displaying images, that will respond to the remote control? Is there a type of remote control that will work? Or do we just have to use the keyboard arrows? Getting everyone to prepare PowerPoint presentations isn't an option. Thanks.
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      how about a wireless keyboard and use the arrows?
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      how about a wireless keyboard and use the arrows?
      That wouldn't really help - the laptop sits on a table at the side of the hall, and the speaker needs something they can hold and press while standing nearer the screen.

      Thinking about it, what we need is a small wireless keyboard with just the "left" and "right" arrows!
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      Thinking about it, what we need is a small wireless keyboard with just the "left" and "right" arrows!
      Then you are in luck, as most "cheap" USB Infrared remote controls work by emulating keyboard inputs.
      Something like this will do the job for you for around a fiver.

      In fact, if you need it soon, I have one right here, (in Hove) , in front of me which I no longer need.
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      Then you are in luck, as most "cheap" USB Infrared remote controls work by emulating keyboard inputs.
      Something like this will do the job for you for around a fiver.

      In fact, if you need it soon, I have one right here, (in Hove) , in front of me which I no longer need.
      You can have it if you want it.
      Hmm, so why would our existing remote control not work? Somebody else bought it, and I don't have the equipment with me. Are there different types of remote control that send different key codes?

      I appreciate the offer, but a 500 mile round-trip would be more expensive and take longer than a next-day delivery from Amazon.

      Edit: I wonder if our remote transmits "up" and "down" rather than "left" and "right"?
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      Hmm, so why would our existing remote control not work?
      IDK... but you can do a quick test by trying to use it while editing a text document, or using a word processor, to see if the remote buttons you are pressing result in the expected arrow key presses from the keyboard.

      A quick workaround I know... but did you think of putting your images on Powerpoint pages to get them to show?

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      you can buy a clicker with 4 arrows which will cover you for left and right
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      Hmm, so why would our existing remote control not work? Somebody else bought it, and I don't have the equipment with me. Are there different types of remote control that send different key codes?

      I appreciate the offer, but a 500 mile round-trip would be more expensive and take longer than a next-day delivery from Amazon.

      Edit: I wonder if our remote transmits "up" and "down" rather than "left" and "right"?
      Is there a way you can change the setting of the arrows from up and down to left and right? left and right would still work for powerpoint
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      That wouldn't really help - the laptop sits on a table at the side of the hall, and the speaker needs something they can hold and press while standing nearer the screen.

      Thinking about it, what we need is a small wireless keyboard with just the "left" and "right" arrows!
      An older speaker will want to use Presenter view in Powerpoint contingency.


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      Simplest way is to add the photos into a PowerPoint deck - one per page.

      With PowerPoint functionality, you can either set the next page to a click [use the remote to do this] or you can set to run the presentation in auto mode by setting x number of seconds before next page triggers [this might not be suitable if oral presentation is also involved alongside the slides]

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