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Article ID: 170132

Article Last Modified on 9/12/2006


  • Microsoft PowerPoint 95 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q170132


This article provides a sample Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications procedure that retrieves the current slide number and displays it in a message box.


Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. The code sample assumes the following:

  • PowerPoint 7.0 is running. (If it is not running, the code will generate a run-time error.) -and-

  • You are using Visual Basic to control PowerPoint 7.0.

Sample Visual Basic Procedure

   Sub Main()

      Dim ppt As PowerPoint.Application
      Dim lResult As Long

      ' Get an object reference to PowerPoint 7.0.
      Set ppt = GetObject(, "PowerPoint.Application.7")

      ' Check if PowerPoint is in slide view. The code
      ' that gets the slide number fails if you are not
      ' in slide view.
      If ppt.ActiveWindow.ViewType <> ppViewSlide Then
         ' PowerPoint is not in slide view.
         lResult = MsgBox("You are not in slide view. Would you" _
            & " like to switch to slide view now?", vbYesNo + vbQuestion)

         ' Check if the user clicked Yes. If so, switch to slide
         ' view.
         If lResult = vbYes Then

            ' Switch to slide view.
            ppt.ActiveWindow.ViewType = ppViewSlide

            ' The user clicked No.

      End If

      ' Display the current slide number in a message box.
      MsgBox "You are on " & ppt.ActiveWindow.View.Slide.SlideNumber

   End Sub

For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

163194 PPT: Sample VB Code to Retrieve Current Slide Number

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