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Links from converted Open Office files behave oddly


When you use PowerPoint to open or show a presentation created in Open Office, you may find that the links behave oddly.

Shapes and Action Buttons that include text may actually have two different hyperlink or action settings, one on the shape itself, another on the text. Clicking on the shape may trigger the action but leave the text color unchanged; clicking on the text changes the text color to the Followed Hyperlink color but doesn't perform the hyperlink action.

It's all too confusing.


Run this small macro on a COPY of your presentation. It picks up the shape's hyperlink information, applies it to the text in the shape then deletes it from the shape itself. Afterward, only the text will be hyperlinked.

Again, please run this only on a COPY of your valuable presentation.

Sub FixUpOOLinks()

    Dim osh As Shape
    Dim oSl As Slide

    For Each oSl in ActivePresentation.Slides
    For Each osh In oSl.Shapes
        If Len(osh.ActionSettings(1).Hyperlink.SubAddress) > 0 Then
            With osh.TextFrame.TextRange
                .ActionSettings(1).Hyperlink.Address = _
                .ActionSettings(1).Hyperlink.SubAddress = _
            End With
        End If
    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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Last update 07 June, 2011