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Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a slide show presentation program currently developed by Microsoft. PowerPoint presentations consist of a number of individual pages or "slides" that may contain text, graphics, sound, movies, and other objects, which may be arranged freely. The presentation can be printed, displayed live on a computer, or navigated through at the command of the presenter. Slides can also form the basis of webcasts.

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Our government customers are very angry with Microsoft, but I think this is nothing new as we know such problems with Windows 10.
I have to analyze this problem and advise our customers.

According to the Dutch organization that did the research for the Dutch government, we have the following infos:

-  Microsoft systematically and extensively collects data about the individual use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Secretly, without informing the people. According to the Dutch organization, it is hard to find what Microsfoft collects as the data is encrypted.
-  Microsoft sends telemetry data to its own servers in the United States.

This is what I found that we can do for our customer:
- Disable Manage the privacy of data monitored by telemetry in Office
- Ban the use of Connected Services
- Not to use SharePoint Oneline
- Block OneDrive
- Lock web version of Office 365

My questions:
1) Did you deal with this case? If yes, what will Microsoft collect?
2) Is it enough to Manage the privacy of data monitored by telemetry in Office ?
3) Do I still have to go through the Report from rijksoverheid.nl  ?

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Hi, Currently I have problem about my Kingsoft Presentation ( Free ). everytime I click on hyperlink that linked to video it will pop out this warning ( refer attachment ). Did anyone know how to disable this warning. I already configure at  trust setting but it didn't solve, I try change at registry. also same.. have any solution?. error security warning pop outtrust setting presentationregistry
msaccess, powerpoint, vba

I am using vba in msaccess to change link references in powerpoint. The script I found has

Dim oSld As Slide
Dim oSh As Shape

I am getting an error 429, ActiveX Component can't create object.

I think I do not have the proper object library loaded in msaccess 2016.

Any suggestions.

Some general help please..

I have a power point template for producing certificates and I want to be able to do a mail merge from a excel spreadsheet into the power point template.

I want to mail merge Full Name, Date and Certificate Number from the excel spreadsheet. Then have the ability to produce a PDF document of the certificates for the data entries.

I am guessing you might be able to use a script for this type of work.

Any suggestions?
I have an Excel spreadsheet (about 50 rows), and am planning to create a nice Powerpoint template, with preformatted textboxes, fonts, etc.

I would like to transfer the information from the Excel into the PPT. Each row of the Excel will be one slide in the PPT. Each cell will become one text box. All cells in the same column will end up at the same place on various slides, with same font, etc. The final PPT file will contain as many slides as there were rows in the Excel spreadsheet.

Could someone please show me a way?
According to this Greg Maxey article it's possible to customise the context sensitive menu at the bottom of this screenshot both via customUI XML and the older CommandBars model.

Office context menu for text
But is there any way to customise the smaller popup menu at the top e.g. the one with the font formatting controls in it?
I'm creating a digital planner and need a little Power Point help. I'm creating the graphics in Paint Shop Pro then importing them into PowerPoint to add the hyperlinks. Then I will be using the Xodo app to finish it and use it on my Android tablet and phone. (IOS users use Goodnotes but I don't have an Apple device).
    So I have tabs around 3 of the sides of my planner. I have the tabs set up on the left side (Jan- Dec) for monthly spreads and I have all those hyperlinks set up ok on all the pages.
   Now I'm working on the top 4 tabs and have all those but one done and that's where I need assistance. I have a "today" tab that obviously leads to the current date in the planner.  
    How can I add a hyperlink that changes daily?  I've seen others with the "today" tab, so I know it's possible, but I don't know how (yet).
    Any idea?
in our company we want to install WSUS for multiple branches.
from main office we want to approve the updates.
I need to create  WSUS proposal drawing and PPT if someone can provide me a sample for the same it will be very helpful.

Thanks & Regards,
Mohammed Afroz
I have a power point file and have some you tube videos embedded in this file. The video used to play OK in the last months, however all of the sudden the video doesn't play anymore.

We have tried disabling hardware acceleration, running the file as admin and so far nothing has helped.

We are in MS Office  2016
I have a powerpoint 2016 presentation that I need to send out shortly.  It is critical that I lock it for editing, but it still needs to be able to be printed.
Converting to .pdf is not an option as it must remain in powerpoint.  I cant seem to find a way to do this anymore!  Help.  When I go to File > Info > Protect Presentaion I only see the ability to add a password to open the document...not to restrict for editing.   When I click  'Restrict Access' there is a choice 'Connect to rights management server and get templates'  … which doesn't work, says my machine is not setup, etc, etc.    Mark as Final sounds promising...but seems to still allow anyone to click 'edit anyway' and get past it.

Is there any simple way to restrict editing only?  Need to get this out shortly so a bit desperate for help.  Thanks
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How to split a slide from a presentation using VBA or Apple script. previously i used a VBA code to achieve the same but in powerpoint 16.13.1 I am getting an error as "Mac PPT does not support opening file in window less mode." and it was working on previous versions of PowerPoint.
Sub SaveSlide(lSlideNum As Long, sFileName As String)

    Dim oTempPres As Presentation
    Dim x As Long

    ActivePresentation.SaveCopyAs sFileName
    ' open the saved copy windowlessly
    Set oTempPres = Presentations.Open(sFileName, , , False)

    For x = 1 To lSlideNum - 1

    ' What was slide number lSlideNum is now slide 1
    For x = oTempPres.Slides.Count To 2 Step -1


End Sub

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In the above code I am getting error in this line
 Set oTempPres = Presentations.Open(sFileName, , , False)

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Please help me.

can you recommend the best way to transfer data (numbers and next) from excel to powerpoint so that format is not lost?


can you recommend an excel reporting template that can used to create presentations similar to powerpoint?

the reason i am asking it is cumbersome to transfer data between excel and powerpoint.

I am developing a generator for PowerPoint presentations.
At the end of a generation cycle, the output file should be shown in PowerPoint.
Just opening the file therein is not sufficient since a previous version of the file may already be open;
that would then need to be closed first.

This action should be triggered from a Scala program, which runs on a JVM.
The solution should not require running an MS Office macro (such as given here).
We may assume the file is not being edited in PowerPoint; there will be an option to generate it as read only.

I need solutions for Windows and Macintosh.
I have experimented with AppleScript from the Mac Script Editor, but I only manage to
have PowerPoint open a file when no file with the same name is open yet.
So I would appreciate help.

I included the tag Microsoft Word, because this question likely applies for that as well.
I have a PowerPoint application add-in (VBA -> .ppam) that shows a userform containing some help the first time the add-in runs.

I have tried triggering that action with two different events:

Sub Auto_Open()


the customUI onLoad event.

Both methods work if the add-in is configured to load before PowerPoint runs.

However, if PowerPoint is running and a user manually loads the add-in via File / Options / Add-ins / PowerPoint Add-ins / Go then the userform is shown but in some kind of non-initialised state whereby some of the controls are active e.g. MultiPage, some are not e.g CommandButton and none of the form's initialisation code runs. The only way to then close the form is via the [X] button at the top right of the window.

How can I automatically display, interact and execute code within a userform when the user loads an application add-in using this method?


I've attached a sample project to demonstrate the issue. Delete the .zip extension (required to upload .pptm files to EE) before opening it.

hello ,

For the last few days i'm getting a weird error while running a macro In Microsoft powerpoint. The Macro translates the korean text into english using Google Translator.
But from last few days randomly it started giving error "Run-time error '-2147024891 (80070005)': Access is denied.

i have google it and found there is some information about this error but not one knows the accurate solution.
can some one help please ? Thanks in advance.
VBA ms powerpoint and ms access.

I am running a powerpoint slideshow continuously from ms access. I have two questions:
1. if my powerpoint slides have an action button, is the button active while the slide is presenting?
2. if the button IS active and I click it, will I be able to detect in from the ms access application? If so, how do I detect it from access?
MY PROBLEM IS: I want to have a clean way to stop the looping presentation.
How to store macro in PowerPoint and run it every time you open PowerPoint. I am able to apply my macro till the PowerPoint file is open. Once I close and reopen it, an error message pops-up and says "The Macro cannot be found or has been disabled because of your security settings." Though I have enabled the macro in the setting.

Please help!!

I am a designer and need to produce a good number of PowerPoint presentations on a regular basis. The presentations follow the same structure - 11 slides with specified content for each one. I am preparing several graphic templates but they are quite complex and very structure specific so I am looking for a way to make all the content dynamically populated into styled placeholder text boxes, tables, charts and possibly smartart from an external file - simple Powerpoint, Word, Excel or similar.

The source files will be structured templates albeit much simpler graphically than the end result. And since the structure of the presentation doesn't change one source file template will be enough. I've listed multiple options but an unstyled powerpoint presentation as a source is very workable.

It is simply  a task of restyling that unfortunately falls beyond the templates functionality of PowerPoint. And i would like to avoid endless copying and pasting text and tables from one presentation (the source file) to another (the styled). Hence after researching I thought that VBA scripting can be an option.

What the application needs to do is grab the content of the first basic presentation and transfer it to corresponding placeholders in the styled presentation template.

When the presentation is populated with the content I will need to add additional images but ideally keep the dynamic links for the placeholders so that if the content in the external source file …
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Hi I have few questions which i have asked in attached PPT file. Let me know if this is okay to put my request in this way...
How to remove apps  ( Word, Excel and Power point ) from a user's Office 365 web portal, we are on E3 licence. from the licence Down arrow is it possible to remove the Apps (Word, Excel and Power point ) ?

2017-12-15 08:03:50 - Processor architecture is (9)
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - Reading the following string value/name...
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - Common Startup
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2017-12-15 08:03:50 - SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - The value is...
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - Trying to remove the startup task if there is any.
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\SharePointServerPreparationToolStartup_0FF1CE14-0000-0000-0000-000000000000.cmd
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - Error: Startup task doesn't exist. This is not a continuation after a restart.
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - Locating the following command line arguments file:
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - G:\PrerequisiteInstaller.Arguments.txt
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - Error: This file does not exist
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - Details of the current operating system:
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - Major version number of the operating system:  (6)
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - Minor version number of the operating system:  (1)
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - Build number of the operating system:  (0X1DB1=7601)
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - Major version number of the latest Service Pack:  (1)
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - Minor version number of the latest Service Pack:  (0)
2017-12-15 08:03:50 - Platform ID of the operating system:  (2)
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I am trying to change my Default Template Location in PowerPoint 2016 and the changes will not take.  My desired path is "D:\My Documents\Custom Office Templates".  Although it doesn't seem to matter what pat h I try, it won't take.  Works fine in Excel.  
* Even went so far as to Copy/Paste the text from t he Excel configuration to the PowerPoint configuration without success.  

* Ran the repair option for Office.  No help.  

* Using a suggestion from this site to go into the Registry and create a "PersonalTemplates" key did not help.  PowerPoint knows if I enter an invalid path; only accepting a valid one.  Tried the original C: path and it won't save that either.  

* Clicking on Personal in File=>New gives me an error: "Sorry, we had some trouble connecting to get templates and can't show them right now".

* can't find much on this kind of error.  Only finding messages on where to go and edit the path.

Additional suggestions greatly appreciated.
In Power Point cannot perform Save As when a password protected file is opened as Read Only.

Please advice.

Thank you in advance!
I was able to add svg images into PPT so far, now suddenly unable to add them. when I add, it comes as internet explore icon with name of the image. anybody have any ideas why it changed suddenly? Is there any way without opening it in Illustrator and bring to ppt?

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a slide show presentation program currently developed by Microsoft. PowerPoint presentations consist of a number of individual pages or "slides" that may contain text, graphics, sound, movies, and other objects, which may be arranged freely. The presentation can be printed, displayed live on a computer, or navigated through at the command of the presenter. Slides can also form the basis of webcasts.