Open the PowerPoint presentation from excel macro using VBA

Open PowerPoint slide using VBA and create text box on it


To open the PowerPoint presentation from excel macro using VBA. Create a text box on a slide using cell data from excel sheet. 


Here we have written code in an excel macro file. This macro file opens a PowerPoint presentation from a location. Then the code adds a text box on the slide 1 of this presentation, text box will have the value which is placed in cell A1 of the excel macro file. The VBA code is added in the command button. 


  • Open the presentation from a location
  • Add the text boxes on the slide
  • Set the value in text box as the value in cell A1
  • Change the font size of the text box string
  • Set the border of the text box
  • Save the PowerPoint presentation
  • Close the PowerPoint presentation

Here first we have added “Microsoft PowerPoint 16.0 Object Library” in excel macro file,as shown in the image below.


open ppt from vba excel


We have created a command button on a slide, which has the VBA code(shown later in the post). When we click on this button it will open the PowerPoint presentation.

Open PowerPoint slide using VBA and create text box on it


Once the PowerPoint presentation will be opened, a text box will be created which will have “Test Data” text in it.This text “Test Data” was mentioned in the excel VBA file in cell A1, which we can see in the image below.

After the successful execution of code, slide will look like as shown below.

Open PowerPoint slide using VBA and create text box on it


Sub OpenMyPpt()
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Dim ObjPptApp As PowerPoint.Application
Dim TargetPpt As PowerPoint.Presentation
Dim NewTextBox As PowerPoint.Shape
Set ObjPptApp = CreateObject("PowerPoint.Application")
‘Open PPT from a location
Set TargetPpt = ObjPptApp.Presentations.Open("C:\Users\YourUserName\Desktop\macro\PPT\1.7_Test_ppt.pptx")
‘Add text box in the slide 1 of opened PPT
Set NewTextBox = ObjPptApp.ActivePresentation.Slides(1).Shapes. _
AddTextbox(Orientation:=msoTextOrientationHorizontal, Left:=100, Top:=100, Width:=100, Height:=50)
 With NewTextBox
 .TextFrame.TextRange.Text = Range("A1").Value
 .Line.Style = msoLineThinThick
 .TextFrame.TextRange.Font.Size = 15
 End With
‘Save and close the presentation 
End Sub



Similar approach can be applied for performing any operation on a PowerPoint presentation. Writing the code in excel file gives an advantage that we don’t have to write any code in presentation.

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