Apply a shape's formatting to all similar shapes in presentation
You've slaved over some complex formatting. Clicks, dialog boxes, testing, more clicks .... wrist getting tired ... pulldown menus ... wrist starting to hurt .... but finally it's perfect.
Now. Apply it to the other two thousand similar shapes in the same presentation.
But wait. Before you run out for elastic bandages and Atomic Balm, try these two solutions:
Check out PPTools ShapeStyles, an add-in for PowerPoint that lets you save your formatting to named styles, then apply these same styles to any other shape, in any other presentation, at any time you like. Save different sets of styles for different clients or projects. And much, much more. The free demo lets you create up to five styles.
For the do-it-yourselfer
Here's a neat bit of VBA from John Wilson & Technology Trish.
Sub PickItUp() ' Written by: John Wilson & Technology Trish ' Select an autoshape and run and it applies that shape's ' format to all autoshapes. ' Select a text box, apply to all text boxes ' Select a picture with a border, apply to all pictures ' Doesn't work with placeholders or slide show items by design On Error GoTo ErrorHandler Dim oSld As Slide Dim oSelShp As Shape Dim oShp As Shape Dim lType As Long ' Results are unpredictable if you start with ' more than one shape selected, so don't permit it If ActiveWindow.Selection.ShapeRange.Count <> 1 Then MsgBox "Please select one and only one shape" Exit Sub End If ' set a reference to the selected shape Set oSelShp = ActiveWindow.Selection.ShapeRange(1) With oSelShp ' pick up its formatting .PickUp ' store its type lType = .Type ' Exclude placeholders If lType = 14 Then Exit Sub End If If .Fill.Type = msoFillPicture Then Exit Sub End If For Each oSld In ActivePresentation.Slides For Each oShp In oSld.Shapes If oShp.Type = lType Then If oShp.Fill.Type <> msoFillPicture Then oShp.Apply End If ' <> msoFillPicture End If ' Type - lType Next oShp Next oSld End With ' oSelShp NormalExit: Exit Sub ErrorHandler: MsgBox ("Sorry there's an error - Is anything selected?") Resume NormalExit: End Sub
See How do I use VBA code in PowerPoint? to learn how to use this example code.