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Convert linked Excel charts to embedded Excel charts


You want to convert linked Excel charts to embedded charts, perhaps so you don't need to keep track of linked files when moving the PowerPoint files from one place to another.


This macro will convert linked Excel charts to embedded ones. Note that it will only work in PowerPoint 2003.
Not earlier versions; not later versions.

It doesn't copy any animation settings or change the order of the shapes, though it will copy the sizing and position of the original linked chart to the new embedded one.

Please try it only on a COPY of your valuable original presentation.

Sub EmbedLinkedCharts()
' Convert linked Excel charts to embedded charts
' Only works with PPT 2003

    Dim oSh1 As Shape
    Dim oSh2 As Shape
    Dim oSl As Slide
    Dim x As Long

    For Each oSl In ActivePresentation.Slides
        For x = oSl.Shapes.Count To 1 Step -1
            Set oSh1 = oSl.Shapes(x)
            With oSh1
                ' is it a linked object?
                If .Type = msoLinkedOLEObject Then
                    ' is it an excel chart
                    If InStr(UCase(.OLEFormat.ProgID), "EXCEL.CHART") > 0 Then
                        Set oSh2 = oSl.Shapes.PasteSpecial(ppPasteOLEObject)(1)
                        oSh2.Top = .Top
                        oSh2.Left = .Left
                        oSh2.height = .height
                        oSh2.width = .width
                        .Delete     ' oSh1
                    End If
                End If
            End With
        Next    ' shape
    Next    ' slide
End Sub

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

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Convert linked Excel charts to embedded Excel charts
Last update 07 June, 2011