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    Personal Macros in PowerPoint

    Is there a way to setup a personal macro file (similar to Excel) that will let you edit the code inside the VBE? I have tried creating an add-in file, but I cannot view the vba to make changes or to add to my QAT bar. Any suggestions?
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    There's no "Excel like" way to do this Chris.

    You will need to go with a ppam addin that also creates a ribbon menu (XML) to run the code. There's a very good book on this for 2007 which mainly works with later versions too

    To edit you will have to retain the source pptm file. It is possible to see the code in ppam AddIns by adding a reg key but it won't allow you to make permanent edits in the VBE.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\PowerPoint\Options --- create Dword DebugAddins and set value to 1 - (change 14.0 to reflect version in use.)
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    I was afraid of that! That registry trick was great but wish it would allow saves! So how come when you go to setup your QAT it has a drop down filter for macros, yet nothing shows up there? Seems a bit odd that I can't use that functionality even though it says I can.

    I actually have the RibbonX book and it is AWESOME! Using a ribbon tab is currently how I have my "personal macros" setup for PowerPoint but was receiving some questions about this and was curious if there was another way. I don't think they are going to like a solution where they have to learn how to create a ribbon, haha!
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    You might want to look at our freebies Add In "kit". It allows four macros to be added to the ribbon and does a fair bit of the hard work. If you like it feel free to distribute.

    http://www.pptalchemy.co.uk/Downloads/Kit.zip
    John Wilson
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    John Wilson
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    That is an amazing idea!!! I'm actually going to be writing a blog post on that Registry trick (if was too hard to find/understand for a google search). This might fit in very nicely with my article. I'll message you so we can exchange emails.
    Chris Macro

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    Thanks to everyone for these tips... i was able to get a personal macros menu working by using the file provided. I'm now wondering if it's possible to change the icons beside the text in the dropdown. Right now, it just shows a bold 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. I'd like to replace the numbers with icons if possible, but I can't find where it's getting assigned.

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    It's assigned in the XML. You can read this by downloading CustomUIEditor. You would have to know how XML works of course and know the idMso for the icons you need.
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