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VBA: Unable to load picture into image control in UserForm when using Office 2011 for Mac

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Programming in VBA in MS PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, I am having trouble loading a picture into a UserForm image control.  I have done this successfully hundreds of times in Office 2007 and 2010 for Windows.  

After adding the image control to my UserForm, in the Properties pane, I can usually click on Picture, then browse to select a .jpg file on my computer, after which the word (Bitmap) shows in the Properties pane and the picture appears in the image control.  But when I try to do this on a Mac, it lets me browse, but all .jpg files are greyed out and not selectable.  I have tried cutting and pasting a shortcut to the .jpg directly into the Picture row of the properties pane without success.  

I have also tried loading the picture at runtime using a command such as "me.myImageControl.Picture = LoadPicture (myjpg)."  But this method, which I've used many times in Windows, generates an error and does not appear to be supported in VBA for the Mac.   I tried all this in Word 2011 with the same results, so it's not just PowerPoint.

There must be a way to do this, because the Image control has a Picture property with a browse button.  

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Question by:Bryce Bassett
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by:James Elliott
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What happens when you double click the file in the file browser? Does it open into photo software? IE. does your mac associate with the jpg extension?
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by:JSRWilson
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It is pretty broken on Macs.

http://www.rondebruin.nl/mac/mac024.htm
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With some help from our friends at the Microsoft forum, I discovered that only 24-bit BMP is supported in image controls for Office 2011.  Ron's link says they are not, but it's working for me.  

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/mac/forum/macoffice2011-macpowerpoint/vba-unable-to-load-picture-into-image-control-in/2fc232bd-0029-4f06-96f9-cd675a61dae1
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by:Bryce Bassett
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Found solution elsewhere.  Appreciate the input from both experts, but neither one had the correct answer.
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