PowerPoint COM Add-In - implementing Undo/Redo
Posted on 2014-04-01
I have a PowerPoint COM Add-In. The actions it performs are not put on the Undo stack by PowerPoint, so PowerPoint's Undo does not work. This seems to be a long-standing documented issue.
I have cobbled together some sort of shaky solution by running the line CommandBars.ExecuteMso('HideBackgroundGraphics') before each action the Add-In performs that changes the presentation. This has the effect of placing the "Background" command in the Undo stack and allows the user then to Undo and get to that point.
This sort-of works but has three disadvantages:
1) The command I use in the ExecuteMso is as neutral a one as I could find (I tried loads including HideSlide and then setting it back manually, but nothing seemed as uninvasive as this) - but this still MAY upset some user, sometime.
2) This method means that there are two entries in the Undo stack so the user has to click twice. Not too major a price to pay.
3) More serious is that fact that after Undo-ing the action, Redo does not work!! In some way the state is compromised and the Background command has disappeared.
My question is - has anyone successfully implemented undo in this (or any other) way. Do you have a fix particularly for point 3?
Many thanks for your help