PowerPoint: Launching Other Applications with Command Line Switches

Here’s something I meant to mention a while back: did you know that when you set a shape’s action setting to launch a program, you can pass command line switches to that program? This is something I stumbled across, and there doesn’t seem to be any mention of it in the PowerPoint 2003 VBA Reference,…


PowerPoint: A Codeless One-Slide Timer (Part 2 of 2)

Read part one here. Next, we need to create custom animation that controls the order in which PowerPoint displays the shapes on the slide. 1.      From the Slide Show menu, click Custom Animation. 2.      Select the shape that displays the second-highest time (in our case, the shape displaying 0:50). In the Custom Animation task pane,…


PowerPoint: A Codeless One-Slide Timer (Part 1 of 2)

Yesterday, a co-worker asked a few of us in PowerPoint user assistance how to create a timer to use during a presentation break. The only stipulation was that the timer had to use PowerPoint’s native capabilities: she wanted something she could give to other people without having to include instructions you’d need if the timer…


PowerPoint: Using Tags to Store Custom Data

So, after blogging several times about the Tags functionality in Publisher, I finally took a look in the PowerPoint object model, and guess what I found? However, the tags functionality is implemented a little differently in PowerPoint than in Publisher, so it deserves some discussion. To review: Tags are, in essence, generic holding bins where…


PowerPoint: No Action Settings for Group Shapes

Here’s something I just found out the other day: did you know that you can’t assign action settings to grouped shapes? But there is a fairly easy work-around. I discovered as I was using PowerPoint’s drawing tools to create a grouped shape that I intended to use as a custom button to launch a macro….


PowerPoint: Pause a Sound File During Slide Show

Here’s one of my rare post concerning things you can do without using code. I got an email the other day from a user who had read my blog entries about inserting sound files using code. He had an issue he was looking for help with. He didn’t seem all the comfortable with programming, but…


Animating Shapes in PowerPoint 2000 and 97 (Part 4 of 4)

(Previous entries in this series: part one, part two, and part three.) Creating Animation Effects for Media and OLE Objects For audio and video files inserted as media objects, not only can you set the shape’s animation effect, as with other shapes, but you can customize how the file plays as part of its animation…


Animating Shapes in PowerPoint 2000 and 97 (Part 3 of 4)

Today, we talking about build effects. If you’re just joining us, you can find the first two parts of this series here and here. Creating Build Animation Effects for Text and Charts As mentioned earlier, you can create a special type of animation effect for text and chart objects. For these types of shapes, you…


Animating Shapes in PowerPoint 2000 and 97 (Part 2 of 4)

So yesterday we started talking about how to animate shapes if you’re programming for PowerPoint 97 or 2000. Today we continue by discussing how to trigger your animation effects, and control the order in which they occur. We’ll also touch on how to further customize a shape’s animation, by adding sound and/or changing the shape’s…


Animating Shapes in PowerPoint 2000 and 97 (Part 1)

So, while I was out of town, my first article dealing with PowerPoint animation made its debut: Comparing Ways to Control Animation in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 As I’ve mentioned in previous blog entries, there are actually two ways to programmatically animate shapes on a slide: one that works best for PowerPoint 2002 and 2003,…