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Randomize the order of a PowerPoint presentation

Pre-made solutions

Excel MVP Tushar Mehta has a free add-in that creates a custom show of the slides in random order and shows it

There's another VBA example on PowerPoint MVP David Marcovitz' site. Look for examples 8.16 and 8.17. Go to Examples by Chapter and click on Chapter 8.

Bill Dillworth mentions this alternate solution:

Create an action button and have it invoke this macro (that will take you to a random slide):

Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()
    ActivePresentation.SlideShowWindow _
        .View.GotoSlide Int(Rnd * _
        ActivePresentation.Slides.Count) + 1
End Sub

Or roll your own with VBA

This macro from PowerPoint MVP Brian Reilly will randomize the order of slides in a presentation:

Sub sort_rand()

    Dim i As Integer
    Dim myvalue As Integer
    Dim islides As Integer
    islides = ActivePresentation.Slides.Count
    For i = 1 To ActivePresentation.Slides.Count
        myvalue = Int((i * Rnd) + 1)
        ActiveWindow.ViewType = ppViewSlideSorter
        ActivePresentation.Slides(myvalue).Select
        ActiveWindow.Selection.Cut
        ActivePresentation.Slides(islides - 1).Select
        ActiveWindow.View.Paste
    Next

End Sub

See How do I use VBA code in PowerPoint? to learn how to use this example code.


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