Monday, 16 June 2008
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HA102750211033.aspx has some really great tips, #3 and #8 had managed to pass me by until now, so I'll be using them today!
Sunday, 15 June 2008
This week I created a slide to show a process flow. I decided the best way to explain how our process works was with lots of animation, showing how incident tickets pass from one group to another. When all the drawing objects on the slide have un-helpful names like Group 53 or Callout 12 it can be pretty confusing working out the custom animation sequence. I've known for a while it's possible to rename drawing objects pretty easily with VBA, but it strikes me as a glaring omission from the User Interface that we have to drop into code to achieve it.
Anyway, I was getting into enough of a mess with this particular animation sequence that it was worth spending the time writing the following bit of VBA and using it to give my drawing objects more meaningful names like Stickman 1 and Flying ticket 1.
This works for me in PowerPoint 2007. As usual, I didn't do much testing, and I have no idea if/how it will work on other versions. I'd suggest trying this out on a copy of your slides rather than risk wrecking the real thing if the code doesn't behave as expected (which I realised would have been a good idea just after I told it to rename a series of about 15 objects on my insanely complicated slide... but this time I got away with it).
Dim n As Integer, NewName As String
If .Type = ppSelectionShapes Then
NewName = InputBox("New name for shape:", "Rename Shape", .ShapeRange(1).Name)
If .Count > 1 Then
For n = 1 To .Count
.Item(n).Name = NewName & " " & n
.Name = NewName
MsgBox "Selection is not a Shape", vbOKOnly, "Rename Shape"
If you have one or more drawing objects selected, you'll get a popup dialog asking for the new name for the shape(s). If you only have one object selected, it will be renamed with that name. If you have more than one object selected, they'll be renamed NewName 1, NewName 2, etc. in the order you selected them. (If your selection isn't drawing objects you'll just get an error.)
In case you're wondering, renaming the objects doesn't require you to recreate the custom animations. You'll see the new names appear in the Custom Animation pane as soon as you've renamed the objects. When I tried it, my animations (including entrance, exit and motion path) all carried on working just as before.
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
I've finally got round to setting up my gMail to sync with Windows Mail over IMAP. I had some problems at first, kept getting this error message:
Your IMAP command could not be sent to the server due to non-network errors.
(There was also an error code of 0x800cccdf which apparently translates to IMAP_AUTH_NOT_POSSIBLE, which isn't hugely helpful.)
After reading a few posts on the Microsoft forums I thought it might be my Antivirus so wasted a load of time messing about with that, but then I found this:
The settings in there are identical to what I had, but it seems that the order you do things is very important because starting from scratch and following their step-by-step instructions worked first time for me!
This is also the same place I found this excellent article:
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Monday, 9 June 2008
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