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Add "leader" lines to tabbed text


In many word processing and desktop publishing programs, you can add "leader lines" in place of tabs.

For example, instead of

Age     42

you'd have

Age ..... 42


PowerPoint doesn't do leader lines.

One workaround is to create the text in Word, then copy/paste it into PowerPoint.

Another is to use this macro. It assumes that you have text like this:

Text [tab] Text
Text [tab] Text
Text [tab] Text


Text [tab] Text [tab] Text [tab] Text
Text [tab] Text [tab] Text [tab] Text
Text [tab] Text [tab] Text [tab] Text

and want leader lines in place of the first tab and every ODD numbered tab following that.

Select the text then run this:

Sub LeaderLines()

    Dim oSh As Shape
    Dim oRng As TextRange
    Dim oSld As Slide
    Dim x As Long
    Dim oLine As Shape
    Dim TabInstance As Long
    Dim LineCounter As Long

    Set oSh = ActiveWindow.Selection.ShapeRange(1)
    Set oRng = oSh.TextFrame.TextRange
    Set oSld = oSh.Parent

    With oRng
        For LineCounter = 1 To .Lines.Count
            With .Lines(LineCounter)
                TabInstance = 0
                For x = 1 To .Characters.Count
                    If .Characters(x) = vbTab Then
                        TabInstance = TabInstance + 1
                        If IsOdd(TabInstance) Then
                            With .Characters(x)
                                Set oLine = oSld.Shapes.AddLine(.BoundLeft, _
                                .BoundTop + .Boundheight, _
                                .BoundLeft + .Boundwidth, _
                                .BoundTop + .Boundheight)
                                With oLine
                                    .Fill.Transparency = 0#
                                    .Line.Weight = 3#
                                    .Line.DashStyle = msoLineRoundDot
                                End With
                            End With
                        End If
                    End If
            End With
        Next    ' line
    End With

End Sub

Function IsOdd(lInput As Long) As Boolean
    If lInput \ 2 = lInput / 2 Then
        IsOdd = False
        IsOdd = True
    End If
End Function

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

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Add "leader" lines to tabbed text
Last update 07 June, 2011