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Microsoft KB Archive/104707

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Paste Linked Slides Have Placeholders for Metacharacters PSS ID Number: Q104707 Article last modified on 11-23-1994 PSS database name: POWERPT

3.00 WINDOWS

The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows, version 3.0

SUMMARY

Microsoft PowerPoint allows you to use “metacharacters” on the slide master to automatically place page numbers, dates, or times on slides. These metacharacters appear as “##”, “//” or “::” (respectively) until the slide is printed or the on-screen slide show is run. If you link a slide from a PowerPoint presentation using the Paste Link command, it will show the actual metacharacter (“##”, “//”, or “::”) instead of page numbers, date, or time. However, if you paste the slide with the Paste command, the numbering comes with it.

MORE INFORMATION

Steps to Reproduce Problem

  1. Open a PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Select Slide Sorter view.
  3. Select a slide.
  4. Copy the slide.
  5. Open or create another presentation.
  6. From the Edit menu, choose Paste Special.
  7. Select PowerPoint Slide Object.
  8. Click the Paste Link button.

The slide will paste with placeholders rather than data.

WORKAROUND

  1. Open a PowerPoint presentation.
  2. From the View menu, choose Slide Sorter.
  3. Select a slide.
  4. Copy the slide.
  5. Go to the other presentation.
  6. From the Edit menu, choose Paste.

The slide will paste with the page numbers, and so on, rather than simply displaying the metacharacter.

Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in PowerPoint version 3.0. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

KBCategory: kbusage kbbuglist KBSubcategory: Additional reference words: 3.00 power point powerpt

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