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Break a presentation up into several smaller presentations


You have a large presentation that's

You want to split it into several smaller presentations. You can do it manually, of course; make several copies of your original presentation, open each in turn and delete all but the slides you want to leave in it, then save.

Or you can let VBA do the job for you automatically. Read on ...


This VBA routine will ask how many slides you want per presentation, then will split your presentation into several sub-presentations, each with the number of slides you requested, each named to reflect the slide numbers it contains.

For example, if your original file MySlides.PPT contains 55 slides and you ask SplitFile to split it to 25 slides per file, you'll get:

The new files will be saved to the same folder as the original file. The original file will not be altered.

Sub SplitFile()

    Dim lSlidesPerFile As Long
    Dim lTotalSlides As Long
    Dim oSourcePres As Presentation
    Dim otargetPres As Presentation
    Dim sFolder As String
    Dim sExt As String
    Dim sBaseName As String
    Dim lCounter As Long
    Dim lPresentationsCount As Long     ' how many will we split it into
    Dim x As Long
    Dim lWindowStart As Long
    Dim lWindowEnd As Long
    Dim sSplitPresName As String

    On Error GoTo ErrorHandler

    Set oSourcePres = ActivePresentation
    If Not oSourcePres.Saved Then
        MsgBox "Please save your presentation then try again"
        Exit Sub
    End If

    lSlidesPerFile = CLng(InputBox("How many slides per file?", "Split Presentation"))
    lTotalSlides = oSourcePres.Slides.Count
    sFolder = ActivePresentation.Path & "\"
    sExt = Mid$(ActivePresentation.Name, InStr(ActivePresentation.Name, ".") + 1)
    sBaseName = Mid$(ActivePresentation.Name, 1, InStr(ActivePresentation.Name, ".") - 1)

    If (lTotalSlides / lSlidesPerFile) - (lTotalSlides \ lSlidesPerFile) > 0 Then
        lPresentationsCount = lTotalSlides \ lSlidesPerFile + 1
        lPresentationsCount = lTotalSlides \ lSlidesPerFile
    End If

    If Not lTotalSlides > lSlidesPerFile Then
        MsgBox "There are fewer than " & CStr(lSlidesPerFile) & " slides in this presentation."
        Exit Sub
    End If

    For lCounter = 1 To lPresentationsCount

        ' which slides will we leave in the presentation?
        lWindowEnd = lSlidesPerFile * lCounter
        If lWindowEnd > oSourcePres.Slides.Count Then
            ' odd number of leftover slides in last presentation
            lWindowEnd = oSourcePres.Slides.Count
            lWindowStart = ((oSourcePres.Slides.Count \ lSlidesPerFile) * lSlidesPerFile) + 1
            lWindowStart = lWindowEnd - lSlidesPerFile + 1
        End If

        ' Make a copy of the presentation and open it
        sSplitPresName = sFolder & sBaseName & _
               "_" & CStr(lWindowStart) & "-" & CStr(lWindowEnd) & "." & sExt
        oSourcePres.SaveCopyAs sSplitPresName, ppSaveAsDefault
        Set otargetPres = Presentations.Open(sSplitPresName, , , True)

        With otargetPres
            For x = .Slides.Count To lWindowEnd + 1 Step -1
            For x = lWindowStart - 1 To 1 Step -1
        End With

    Next    ' lpresentationscount

    Exit Sub
    MsgBox "Error encountered"
    Resume NormalExit
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