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PowerPoint Start-up Events

I am developing an add-in for PowerPoint 2007 & 2010 using VSTO 4. My add-in needs to take different actions when  PowerPoint starts depending on how PowerPoint was started. If the user has started PowerPoint with the default/blank template (e.g. from a PowerPoint icon in the Windows Start menu) I need to do one thing but if the user opens PowerPoint with a different template e.g. by opening a POTX file from Windows Explorer I need to do something else.

Is there a reliable way to detect how the user opened PowerPoint? Any hints/clues welcome.


Pete Luetchford
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Yes, that's it. That does the job. Thank you

So, I create  aProperty called DefaultTemplateName in the ThisAddIn class then in the the Add-in Startup event:

Dim dummyPres = Me.Application.Presentations.Add(Microsoft.Office.Core.MsoTriState.msoFalse)

DefaultTemplateName = dummyPres.TemplateName


Then in the PowerPoint Application NewPresentation event:

Private Sub PowerPointApplication_NewPresentation(ByVal Pres As Microsoft.Office.Interop.PowerPoint.Presentation) Handles app.NewPresentation

If (Pres.TemplateName = Globals.ThisAddIn.DefaultTemplateName) AndAlso (_PowerPointApplication.Presentations.Count = 1) Then

etc etc