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Resetting positions of shapes

Problem

PowerPoint doesn't allow you to lock shapes to prevent their being moved. Sometimes this can be very convenient, especially if you have to make edits to files you're not familiar with.

Solution

We can't make PowerPoint add shape locking, but the two little macros below are almost as good. Run the first on a presentation to record the position and size of each shape in the presentation.

Run the second to reset each shape to the recorded position/size.

The macro will not change the size/position of any shapes you've added, but will reset shapes you've copied after running the first macro.

Sub Setup()
    Dim oSl As Slide
    Dim oSh As Shape

    For Each oSl In ActivePresentation.Slides
        For Each oSh In oSl.Shapes
            With oSh
                .Tags.Add Name:="L", Value:=CStr(.Left)
                .Tags.Add Name:="T", Value:=CStr(.Top)
                .Tags.Add Name:="H", Value:=CStr(.height)
                .Tags.Add Name:="W", Value:=CStr(.width)
            End With
        Next
    Next

End Sub

Sub ReSet()

    Dim oSl As Slide
    Dim oSh As Shape
    Dim sTest As String
    For Each oSl In ActivePresentation.Slides
        For Each oSh In oSl.Shapes
            With oSh
                ' skip untagged shapes:
                sTest = .Tags("L") & .Tags("T") & .Tags("H") & .Tags("W")
                If Len(sTest) > 0 Then
                    .Left = CSng(.Tags("L"))
                    .Top = CSng(.Tags("T"))
                    .height = CSng(.Tags("H"))
                    .width = CSng(.Tags("W"))
                End If
            End With
        Next
    Next

End Sub

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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