Introduction to VBA in Microsoft PowerPoint
Programming with VBA in PowerPoint allows for document manipulation that may be awkward or even impossible with standard presentation techniques. This may be accomplished by writing code directly in the Visual Basic Editor (VBE), which includes a window for writing code, debugging code, and code module organization. To find out how to access the VBE by adding the developer toolbar to your excel 2007, 2010 and 2013 versions of PowerPoint, please follow the appropriate link in the Related Articles section.
VBA within PowerPoint can be used to automate a variety of tasks from formatting text to generating dynamic content, and can even be used to automate other Microsoft Office products through a process called OLE Automation.
When learning about VBA in PowerPoint it’s very important that a programmer become familiar with the PowerPoint Object Model. The object model is a representation of how all the different objects within PowerPoint (Application, Presentations, Slides, Shapes etc.) interact with each other. By understanding the relationship of these objects, even if just at a high level, will make VBA much easier to develop in. Please follow this link for a high level tutorial on the PowerPoint Object Model.
Once you have an understanding of the PowerPoint Object Model I’m sure you’ll want to start writing your own code. If you are the kind of person who likes building everything from scratch, check out our code snippets section or if you’d prefer to work with some concrete and practical examples you can find them in our tutorials section.
- Turning on the Developer Ribbon Tab in PowerPoint 2007
- Turning on the Developer Ribbon Tab in PowerPoint 2010 and 2013
- PowerPoint Object Model
- PowerPoint Tutorials
- PowerPoint Code Snippets