Setting up a link from Powerpoint to Excel

I have a custom formatted table in PowerPoint which I want to link to a range in Excel, but as far as I can see my only option is to paste the Excel range data as a link. The problem with this is that it comes in with the formatting and row heights in Excel and I don't have the option of expanding the row heights without distorting the font, and that ruins the look of the table in PPT. I could try to compensate in Excel but then it wouldn't look right in Excel.

Is there a way to set up a link so that it flows into my already formatted table?

John CarneyReliability Business Tools Analyst IIAsked:
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You could follow the instructions here and then once the object was in PowerPoint, you could right click the table a format it the way you wanted to.
John CarneyReliability Business Tools Analyst IIAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Tom, I'll check it out when I get to work tomorrow,
Jamie GarrochSenior Technical Consultant at BrightCarbonCommented:
You could also do this by using a VBA macro in PowerPoint to grab the data from Excel but as I'm not sure if a programmatic solution was what you were looking for, I will wait to hear back before posting any code.
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John CarneyReliability Business Tools Analyst IIAuthor Commented:
Hi Jamie, thanks. VBA would be great. The only problem is that I have Office 2010 here at work in which you can't record a macro anymore, and I'm not very familiar with Powerpoint VBA syntax.

I have 2 tables in Powerpoint  which I want to link to 2 named ranges in Book1.xlsm, and 2 charts which I want to link to 2 named ranges in Book1.xlsm.

Usinf the named ranges MyRange1 through MyRange4, what VBA code would I use to link and then, going forward, update my PowerPoint file?

Hi John - Probably a good idea to work with Jamie on a VBA solution.  If that doesn't prove out, maybe you could provide some sample tables of what you are talking about in PP.  I am having a hard time visualizing your issue.  - Tom
John CarneyReliability Business Tools Analyst IIAuthor Commented:
Sounds like a plan, Tom. Thanks.
Jamie GarrochSenior Technical Consultant at BrightCarbonCommented:
Hi John. This first thing to consider when creating VBA that uses 2 or more Office apps is to decide which app is hosting the code. For example, do you want to export the range from Excel to a table in PowerPoint or do you want PowerPoint to import the range into a table from Excel.

In the code below, I've assumed you are hosting in Excel. This will export the specified named range from the specified sheet to a new presentation but you could modify the code to open an existing presentation and use an existing slide/table as per your needs.

Option Explicit

' VBA Macro to export a named Excel range to a table on slide in PowerPoint
' Copyright (c) 2015 YOUpresent Ltd.
' Source code is provide under Creative Commons Attribution License
' This means you must give credit for our original creation in the following form:
' "Includes code created by YOUpresent Ltd. ("
' Commons Deed @
' License Legal @
' Purpose : Exports a named Excel range to a table in a new PowerPoint presentation
' Hosting App : Excel
' Author : Jamie Garroch
' Date : 30JUL2015
' Website :

' Usage : RangeToPowerPointTable "Sheet1", "MYRANGE1"
Sub RangeToPowerPointTable(mySheet As String, myNamedRange As String)
  ' Excel part
  Dim oRange As Range, TableRows As Long, TableCols As Long
  Set oRange = Worksheets(mySheet).Range(myNamedRange)
  TableRows = oRange.Rows.Count
  TableCols = oRange.Columns.Count
  ' PowerPoint part
  ' Use late binding for portability (but without IntelliSense)
  ' To use Early Binding and IntelliSense:
  ' 1. Add a reference to the project for 'Microsoft PowerPoint XX Object Library'
  ' 2. Change declarations to the commented out types
  ' 3. Comment out the line Const ppLayoutBlank = 12
  Const ppLayoutBlank = 12
  Dim oPPT As Object ' PowerPoint.Application
  Dim oPres As Object ' Presentation
  Dim oSld As Object ' Slide
  Dim oShp As Object ' Shape
  Dim SlideW As Long, SlideH As Long
  ' Create an instance of PowerPoint, a new presentation, and then add a slide (you could open an existing file instead)
  Set oPPT = CreateObject("PowerPoint.Application")
  ' Create a new presentation
  Set oPres = oPPT.Presentations.Add(msoTrue) ' or to open an existing pres, use the next line instead
  'Set oPres = oPPT.Presentations.Open("FullPathAndFileName", msoFalse, msoFalse, msoTrue)
  SlideW = oPres.PageSetup.SlideWidth
  SlideH = oPres.PageSetup.SlideHeight
  Set oSld = oPres.Slides.Add(1, ppLayoutBlank)
  ' Add a centred table ocupying 90% of the slide
  Set oShp = oSld.Shapes.AddTable(TableRows, TableCols, SlideW * 0.05, SlideH * 0.05, SlideW * 0.9, SlideH * 0.9)
  ' Fill the table from the Excel range
  Dim rowCounter As Long, colCounter As Long
  For rowCounter = 1 To TableRows
    For colCounter = 1 To TableCols
      oShp.Table.Cell(rowCounter, colCounter).Shape.TextFrame.TextRange.Text = oRange(rowCounter, colCounter)
  ' Clean up
  Set oRange = Nothing
  Set oPPT = Nothing: Set oPres = Nothing: Set oSld = Nothing: Set oShp = Nothing
End Sub

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For the chart part, I would create the chart in Excel and then export that as a PNG to PowerPoint if you want to protect the data but you could export the chart (and data) too as a native chart or a scalable Metafile image.

Here's an example:

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John CarneyReliability Business Tools Analyst IIAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Jamie, I'll check out this solution and the one for the other question when I get to work later today,
John CarneyReliability Business Tools Analyst IIAuthor Commented:
Hi Jamie, I couldn't work with this because I couldn't step through it and it wouldn't run when I hit F5. But I could with your solution at the other link and it worked great.  

How do you debug the one you posted above?

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