Supercharge your PowerPoint productivity with
Supercharge your PPT Productivity with PPTools - Click here to learn more.

Proud member of


Image Export converts PowerPoint slides to high-quality images.

PPT2HTML exports HTML even from PowerPoint 2010 and 2013, gives you full control of PowerPoint HTML output, helps meet Section 508 accessibility requirements

Merge Excel data into PowerPoint presentations to create certificates, awards presentations, personalized presentations and more

Resize your presentations quickly and without distortion

Language Selector switches the text in your presentation from one language to another

FixLinks prevents broken links when you distribute PowerPoint presentations

Shape Styles brings styles to PowerPoint. Apply complex formatting with a single click.

Checking for autoshape text produces text

Problem: You check an autoshape to see if it contains text using code like:

If .TextFrame.TextRange = "" Then
If .TextFrame.TextRange.Text = ""

you'll find that PowerPoint has, in effect, added text (albeit a null string) to your shape. That is, when you select it, it'll behave like a text box - it'll show the hashed or dotted outline rather than a plain set of selection handles.

There may or may not be any bad side effects from this, but it can confuse/annoy users when the shape doesn't behave the way they expect it to and the way it normally does in PowerPoint.

Instead, use:

If .TextFrame.HasText Then

to test for text. This won't make the shape behave oddly.

Did this solve your problem? If so, please consider supporting the PPT FAQ with a small PayPal donation.
Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape Contents © 1995 - 2022 Stephen Rindsberg, Rindsberg Photography, Inc. and members of the MS PowerPoint MVP team. You may link to this page but any form of unauthorized reproduction of this page's contents is expressly forbidden.

Supercharge your PPT Productivity with PPTools

content authoring & site maintenance by
Friday, the automatic faq maker (logo)
Friday - The Automatic FAQ Maker

Checking for autoshape text produces text
Last update 07 June, 2011