PowerPoint Programming

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Thursday, January 23, 2020, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

The Notes Master does not work as predictably as the Slide Master in PowerPoint, and you have to reset (sorry, reapply) the Notes Master to individual Notes pages to see some changes you made. Why is that so? That’s mainly because there’s no way to select all Notes Pages in your presentation at the same time.

Even if you go are courageous enough to do this task manually, one Notes Page at a time, you will only see the Reapply master option when you first right-click an empty area within Notes Page view to bring up the contextual menu, as shown in Figure 1, below. You then need to choose the Notes Layout option in this menu, highlighted in red within Figure 1 to bring up a dialog box of the same name, as shown in Figure 2, below. You then check the Reapply master option, shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, below. Do the same for forty or a hundred slides, and you may not be too delighted, to say it lightly!

Right-click an empty area within Notes Page view
Figure 1: Right-click an empty area within Notes Page view

Reapply Notes Master
Figure 2: Reapply Notes Master

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Thursday, October 31, 2019, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

A comprehensive, completely free PowerPoint add-in set to revolutionize design workflow has just been released by presentation agency BrightCarbon. We hear from one of its creators, Jamie Garroch.

The Beginnings of BrightSlide

When I joined BrightCarbon as their Senior technical consultant at the end of 2018, one of the first projects I took on was working out how the company could integrate PowerPoint add-ins into its offering. BrightCarbon provides lots of free resources to the presentation community, such as webinar masterclasses and downloadable tools like the Quick Access Toolbar. It made sense to develop our first add-in along the same lines and provide it for free to the community. But what to create?

BrightSlide

We decided to build something that targeted two groups of users, those who dip into PowerPoint every now and then but don’t consider themselves to be experts and those who work in design studios and know PowerPoint inside out. These are very different users and coming up with a feature list meant talking to a sample of people from both groups to understand their needs.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

One of our most popular posts is one where you learn how you can export all the slides in your presentation to single-slide PowerPoint presentations. Although the interface for this process uses the SharePoint libary options, many more people used this feature to export single-slide presentations, without worrying about anything to do with SharePoint. Did you notice used rather than use in the previous sentence? Yes, this feature is now deprecated! If you have an older installation of PowerPoint that is not updated, this may still work for you. Otherwise, this amazing feature is dead.

Understandably, many PowerPoint users are unhappy because it’s a real pain to export hundred of slides as individual slide files. Thankfully, our good friend, Jamie Garroch from BrightCarbon has written some VBA code that will help you revive this option!

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:45 am

In September last year, we carried a feature that showed how you could create transparent pattern fills in newer versions of PowerPoint. We ended that post with the hope that someone will be able to provide a VBA-based solution.

Around Christmas, Jamie Garroch of YOUpresent decided to play Santa Claus and provided more than just a VBA solution. He created a free add-in that sits comfortably within your PowerPoint right-click menu. This menu option provides you with quick access to adding transparency in pattern fills for shapes!

Pattern Fill Transparency

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

When you add slides to a presentation based on some of PowerPoint’s built-in Themes, you may find that all titles (headings and/or subheads) scream out in UPPERCASE letters, no matter what you do!

Uppercase to Normal Case 01

In some cases, this behavior may happen because the chosen font contains only uppercase letters. Alternatively, and more likely, the presentation’s Theme has placeholders set to produce all uppercase (aka capital) letters. The Circuit and Integral themes that come with some versions of PowerPoint are examples of such Themes.

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