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  1. #1
    VBAX Newbie
    Aug 2021

    Custom slide show filter for slide sorter view

    Please help me....I have a few custom slide shows and wanted to use that as a filter to view these slides in slide sorter mode?

    would slide tags work and how?

    I found the vba in the attached txt file that will identify the slide ID's and although it works fine it seems not the best way to reference by ID's
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  2. #2
    VBAX Sage
    Apr 2007
    Attaching a presentation PPTM as an example would make it easier to see what you want


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  3. #3
    VBAX Master
    Feb 2007
    Custom Shows are always referenced by ID as this allows the slides to be moved without breaking the custom show.

    It is posssible to show the current slide index but this will be unreliable if you reorganise the presentation in any way.

    Sub GetListofCustomShows(ByVal Pres As Presentation, _    
    ByRef CustomShows As Collection)
        Dim NS As NamedSlideShow
        Dim I As Long
        Dim S As String
        Dim osld As Slide
        With Pres.SlideShowSettings
            For Each NS In .NamedSlideShows
                S = NS.Name + ": "
                For I = 1 To NS.Count
                Set osld = Pres.Slides.FindBySlideID(NS.SlideIDs(I))
                    S = S & CStr(osld.SlideIndex) & ", "
                S = Left(S, Len(S) - 2)
                CustomShows.Add S
        End With
    End Sub
    Sub Test()
        Dim Msg As String
        Dim CustomShows As Collection
        Dim I As Long
        Set CustomShows = New Collection
        GetListofCustomShows ActivePresentation, CustomShows
        For I = 1 To CustomShows.Count
            Msg = Msg + CustomShows(I) + vbCrLf
        MsgBox Msg, vbInformation Or vbOKOnly, "Custom Shows List"
        Set CustomShows = Nothing
    End Sub
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  4. #4
    VBAX Newbie
    Aug 2021
    Many thanks for the info that I will check out.

    Are there any good references or tutorials as to how tags really work...after a bit of experimentation I realised that tags is just a JSON pair so I could have multiple tags with the tag name & also the value as unique to do some really powerfull stuff. The std powerpoint methods to manage slides is just so lacking and poor....if the custom slide show could filter the slides on the slide sorter view it would be so great (oh yeah and create a new presentation from the custom slide shows) but MS never really ask their users do they.

    Looking into the tags it seems a very powerfull method so I am trying to learn more about it so please let me know if you know of any good in depth articles.

    Below is what I got working well now:

    Sub SetTheTagToSelectedSlides()
    Dim osld As Slide
    Dim sTagName As String
    Dim sTagValue As String
    Dim TagValueToSlides As Variant

    'change to suit
    sTagName = InputBox("Enter slide tag name")
    TagValueToSlides = InputBox("Enter slide tag value")

    'check for selection
    If ActiveWindow.Selection.Type = ppSelectionNone Then GoTo errhandler

    'add tags
    For Each osld In ActiveWindow.Selection.SlideRange
    osld.Tags.Add sTagName, TagValueToSlides
    Next osld
    Exit Sub
    MsgBox "You need to select slides first!"
    End Sub

    Sub ExtractSlidesWithTags()
    Dim TagNameToSlides As String
    Dim TagValueToSlides As String
    Dim AnythingFound As Boolean
    Dim currentPresentation As Presentation
    Dim newPresentation As Presentation
    Dim s As Slide

    TagNameToSlides = InputBox("Tag name of slides to extract")
    TagValueToSlides = InputBox("Tag Value of slides to extract")

    ' Save reference to current presentation
    Set currentPresentation = Application.ActivePresentation

    ' Save reference to current slide
    'Set currentSlide = Application.ActiveWindow.View.Slide

    ' Add new Presentation and save to a reference
    Set newPresentation = Application.Presentations.Add

    ' Add the current slide master
    'ActivePresentation.Designs.Load "G:\Cloud\CATIM\CATIM SharePoint - Documents\Admin\Templates\Documents\CATIM org wide v7.potx"
    ActivePresentation.ApplyTemplate "G:\Cloud\CATIM\CATIM SharePoint - Documents\Admin\Templates\Documents\CATIM org wide v7.potx"

    For Each Slide In currentPresentation.Slides
    If Slide.Tags(TagNameToSlides) = TagValueToSlides Then
    ' Paste it in new Presentation
    AnythingFound = True
    Wait (1)
    End If

    If AnythingFound = True Then
    newPresentation.SaveAs (currentPresentation.Path & "" & TagNameToSlides & "_Extract.pptm")
    MsgBox "No slides have that tag named"
    End If

    End Sub

    Public Sub Wait(Seconds As Double)
    Dim endtime As Double
    endtime = DateTime.Timer + Seconds
    Loop While DateTime.Timer < endtime
    End Sub

    Sub SlideMasterCleanup()
    Dim i As Integer
    Dim j As Integer
    Dim oPres As Presentation
    Set oPres = ActivePresentation
    On Error Resume Next
    With oPres
    For i = 1 To .Designs.Count
    For j = .Designs(i).SlideMaster.CustomLayouts.Count To 1 Step -1
    Next i
    End With

    End Sub
    Last edited by thecatim; 08-05-2021 at 03:38 PM.

  5. #5
    VBAX Newbie
    Aug 2021
    One last thing...I managed to get the slides extracted and saved with what I required accept it is not copying the slide background graphic that is really odd. I have seen that one can add by VBA the background from a folder etc however I just really want the slide completely as is with all content, styling and background. There seems no info on copying the background over on google?

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