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Export the notes text of a presentation

This macro will export the notes text from each slide in your presentation to the file you specify.

Sub ExportNotesText()

    Dim oSlides As Slides
    Dim oSl As Slide
    Dim oSh As Shape
    Dim strNotesText As String
    Dim strFileName As String
    Dim intFileNum As Integer
    Dim lngReturn As Long

    ' Get a filename to store the collected text
    strFileName = InputBox("Enter the full path and name of file to extract notes text to", "Output file?")

    ' did user cancel?
    If strFileName = "" Then
        Exit Sub
    End If

    ' is the path valid?  crude but effective test:  try to create the file.
    intFileNum = FreeFile()
    On Error Resume Next
    Open strFileName For Output As intFileNum
    If Err.Number <> 0 Then     ' we have a problem
        MsgBox "Couldn't create the file: " & strFileName & vbCrLf _
            & "Please try again."
        Exit Sub
    End If
    Close #intFileNum  ' temporarily

    ' Get the notes text
    Set oSlides = ActivePresentation.Slides
    For Each oSl In oSlides
        For Each oSh In oSl.NotesPage.Shapes
        If oSh.PlaceholderFormat.Type = ppPlaceholderBody Then
            If oSh.HasTextFrame Then
                If oSh.TextFrame.HasText Then
                    strNotesText = strNotesText & "Slide: " & CStr(oSl.SlideIndex) & vbCrLf _
                    & oSh.TextFrame.TextRange.Text & vbCrLf & vbCrLf
                End If
            End If
        End If
        Next oSh
    Next oSl

    ' now write the text to file
    Open strFileName For Output As intFileNum
    Print #intFileNum, strNotesText
    Close #intFileNum

    ' show what we've done
    lngReturn = Shell("NOTEPAD.EXE " & strFileName, vbNormalFocus)

End Sub

Or how about slide titles and notes text?

Paste all of the code below into a new module and run it to get a listing of the slide titles and notes text in your presentation:

Option Explicit

Sub ExportNotesText()

    Dim oSlides As Slides
    Dim oSl As Slide
    Dim oSh As Shape
    Dim strNotesText As String
    Dim strFileName As String
    Dim intFileNum As Integer
    Dim lngReturn As Long

    ' Get a filename to store the collected text
    strFileName = InputBox("Enter the full path and name of file to extract notes text to", "Output file?")

    ' did user cancel?
    If strFileName = "" Then
        Exit Sub
    End If

    ' is the path valid?  crude but effective test:  try to create the file.
    intFileNum = FreeFile()
    On Error Resume Next
    Open strFileName For Output As intFileNum
    If Err.Number <> 0 Then     ' we have a problem
        MsgBox "Couldn't create the file: " & strFileName & vbCrLf _
            & "Please try again."
        Exit Sub
    End If
    Close #intFileNum  ' temporarily

    ' Get the notes text
    Set oSlides = ActivePresentation.Slides
    For Each oSl In oSlides
        strNotesText = strNotesText & "======================================" & vbCrLf
        strNotesText = strNotesText & SlideTitle(oSl) & vbCrLf
        strNotesText = strNotesText & NotesText(oSl) & vbCrLf
    Next oSl

    ' now write the text to file
    Open strFileName For Output As intFileNum
    Print #intFileNum, strNotesText
    Close #intFileNum

    ' show what we've done
    lngReturn = Shell("NOTEPAD.EXE " & strFileName, vbNormalFocus)

End Sub
Function SlideTitle(oSl As Slide) As String
    Dim oSh As Shape
    For Each oSh In oSl.Shapes
        If oSh.Type = msoPlaceholder Then
            If oSh.PlaceholderFormat.Type = ppPlaceholderTitle _
                Or oSh.PlaceholderFormat.Type = ppPlaceholderCenterTitle Then
                If Len(oSh.TextFrame.TextRange.Text) > 0 Then
                    SlideTitle = oSh.TextFrame.TextRange.Text
                Else
                    SlideTitle = "Slide " & CStr(oSl.SlideIndex)
                End If
                Exit Function
            End If
        End If
    Next
End Function

Function NotesText(oSl As Slide) As String
    Dim oSh As Shape

    For Each oSh In oSl.NotesPage.Shapes
        If oSh.PlaceholderFormat.Type = ppPlaceholderBody Then
            If oSh.HasTextFrame Then
                If oSh.TextFrame.HasText Then
                    NotesText = oSh.TextFrame.TextRange.Text
                End If
            End If
        End If
    Next oSh
End Function

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


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Last update 07 June, 2011
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