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Invert the current selection: select all unselected shapes


It's simple to select one or two shapes on a slide, but what if you need to select a complicated group of shapes?

Sometimes it's simpler to select the shapes you don't want and tell PowerPoint "Invert the selection".

Or it would be, but PowerPoint doesn't have a handy command like this. So we wrote a bit of VBA to give it one.


This code will unselect everything that's selected, then select everything that wasn't selected. Invert the current selection, in other words.

Sub InvertSelection()
' Invert current selection
' Anything that's selected gets unselected
' Anything that's unselected gets selected

    Dim x As Long
    Dim oSh As Shape

    ' Test: IS there a current selection?
    On Error Resume Next
    If ActiveWindow.Selection.ShapeRange.Count = 0 Then
        MsgBox "Please select one or more shapes on the current slide, then try again."
        Exit Sub
    End If

    ' Record current selection
    For Each oSh In ActiveWindow.Selection.ShapeRange
        Call oSh.Tags.Add("Sel", "Y")

    ' deselect everything

    ' select everything, filtering out previously selected items
    For Each oSh In ActiveWindow.Selection.SlideRange.Shapes
        If Len(oSh.Tags("Sel")) = 0 Then
            ' add it to the selection
            oSh.Select (msoFalse)
            ' clear the tag
            oSh.Tags.Delete ("Sel")
        End If

End Sub

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Invert the current selection: select all unselected shapes
Last update 07 June, 2011