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Change distance from text to underlines


The distance/offset from PowerPoint's text to its underlines doesn't suit your taste.


A bit of VBA will let you define how far from the text you want underlines to appear and to modify the formatting of the lines to suit you.

RUN THIS ONLY on a COPY of your presentation.. If you don't like the results immediately after running it, click anywhere in the presentation and press CTRL+Z to undo whatever the VBA code has done.

What it does

The code below looks for underlined text on each slide and when it finds some, it adds a new line shape at an offset that you choose, formats it in a way that you can define (thickness, color, etc) and then removes the originally applied underline.

Sub ModifyUnderlines()

    Dim oSh As Shape
    Dim oSl As Slide
    Dim x As Long
    Dim oShUnderline As Shape
    Dim LineLeft As Single
    Dim LineWidth As Single
    Dim LineYPos As Single
    Dim sngOffset As Single

    ' Change this to change the offset of the line from the original
    sngOffset = 4 ' points

    For Each oSl In ActivePresentation.Slides
    For Each oSh In oSl.Shapes
    If oSh.HasTextFrame Then
    If oSh.TextFrame.HasText Then

    For x = oSh.TextFrame.TextRange.Runs.Count To 1 Step -1
      If oSh.TextFrame.TextRange.Runs(x).Font.Underline = True Then
        With oSh.TextFrame.TextRange.Runs(x)
          LineLeft = .BoundLeft
          LineWidth = .BoundLeft + .BoundWidth
          LineYPos = .BoundTop + .BoundHeight + sngOffset
        End With

        Set oShUnderline = oSl.Shapes.AddLine(LineLeft, LineYPos, _
                                         LineWidth, LineYPos)
          With oShUnderline
             ' Format the line as desired
            .Line.Visible = True
            .Line.ForeColor.RGB = RGB(255, 0, 0)
            .Line.Weight = 2 ' points
          End With

           ' and remove the PPT-created underline
           oSh.TextFrame.TextRange.Runs(x).Font.Underline = False
         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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Change distance from text to underlines
Last update 06 July, 2018
Created: 06 July, 2018