This is a guest post by Drew Kesler.
You’ve been there before. It’s almost 5:00, and you are going crazy trying to finish the presentation due for a monthly performance meeting the next morning. The model is refreshed, and now it just takes a LOT of copying, pasting, and positioning to get the PowerPoint ready. Finally, the slides are finished…, until you read a new message from your boss requesting a minor change. But of course her change means you have to start all over with the copy and pastes…
There is always a better way! In the Oil and Gas industry, I constantly have monthly reports to assess the performance of our operating assets. Excel VBA makes it a cinch to automate the entire process. So when a simple change is requested, the presentation is automatically generated with the click of a button. No more wasting time!
So, here it is – How to Save TONS of Time by Using an Excel VBA Macro to Build Your Presentation:
1. Build your charts in Excel
2. Create a new worksheet and paste in all the charts you need for the presentation.
3. Open VBA. To do this, you can either press ALT + F11, or you can take the following steps:
a. To show the developer tab, click on the Microsoft Office Button and click Excel Options.
b. Click Popular and then select the Show Developer tab in the Ribbon.
c. Click on the Developer tab in the ribbon and click Visual Basic.
4. In your VBA Editor window, click File => Insert => Module.
5. Paste the following code into the module (I included comments so you can customize it to your liking).
6. Click Tools => References.
Add the Microsoft PowerPoint Library.
7. Now all you need to do is go to Excel and run the CreatePowerPoint macro! To make this easy, draw a rectangle shape in your Excel worksheet which contains all the charts you want to export to PowerPoint.
8. Right click the rectangle and click Assign Macro.
9. Click on the CreatePowerPoint macro and press Okay.
10. That’s it! Just click your rectangle button then sit back and watch it run! You’ll have your presentation in no time!
Download the Example Workbook & Play with this Macro
Note: If you have an error with Power Point application activation, use this code instead.
AppActivate ("Microsoft PowerPoint") <-- if this doesn't work
AppActivate "PowerPoint" <-- use this
Thank you so much Drew for writing this insightful article and showing us how to automate PPT Creation thru Excel VBA. I have really enjoyed playing this idea. And I am sure our readers will also like it.
If you like this technique, say thanks to Drew.
How do you Automate PPT Creation?
During my day job, I used to make a lot of presentations. But each one was different. So I used to spend hours crafting them.
And nowadays, I hardly make a presentation. But I know many of you make PPTs day in day out. And this technique presented by Drew is a very powerful way to save time.
Do you use macros to automate creation of presentations? What are your favorite tricks & ideas? Please share using comments.
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About the Author:
Drew Kesler specializes in process automation and data visualization. He currently performs analytics and modeling for the Oil and Gas industry. His most recent projects include using GIS mapping technology to visualize data and enhance interaction across organizations.