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Reformat all instances of a particular phrase


Suppose you're doing a class lesson in PowerPoint and want to highlight all instances of a particular phrase by making it bold or changing its color, etc.
It's possible to do the job manually, but it could be very tedious. Nearly, but not quite, as tedious as reading my prose.

Using a simple macro, though, you can have the job done in seconds:


Sub FormatThePhrase()

Dim oSl As Slide
Dim oSh As Shape
Dim lStartPos As Long
Dim sSearchPhrase As String

sSearchPhrase = "my phrase"

For Each oSl In ActivePresentation.Slides
    For Each oSh In oSl.Shapes
        If oSh.HasTextFrame Then
            If oSh.TextFrame.HasText Then
                lStartPos = InStr(UCase(oSh.TextFrame.TextRange.Text), UCase(sSearchPhrase))
                If lStartPos > 0 Then
                    ' one example of how you can change the text formatting
                    ' do whatever else is needed here:
                    oSh.TextFrame.TextRange.Characters(lStartPos, Len(sSearchPhrase)).Font.Bold = True
                End If
            End If
        End If

End Sub

See How do I use VBA code in PowerPoint? to learn how to use this example code.

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Reformat all instances of a particular phrase
Last update 07 June, 2011