What This VBA Code Does
The business world has increasingly become more reliant on mobile computing with devices such as tablets and smartphones becoming mainstream. This, in turn, has provided an elevated demand for analysts to turn spreadsheets into PDF documents so management can view your reports on the go.
Below is a simple VBA macro that will allow you to quickly turn your current PowerPoint presentation into a PDF file in a snap. The code is written to save your PDF in the same folder as the PowerPoint file currently resides. If you need to make modifications, hopefully, you will be able to follow along with my code comments and customize the code to your specific needs.
'PURPOSE: Generate A PDF Document With Active Presentation
'NOTES: PDF Will Be Saved To Same Folder As PowerPoint File
Dim CurrentFolder As String
Dim FileName As String
Dim myPath As String
Dim UniqueName As Boolean
UniqueName = False
'Store Information About PowerPoint File
myPath = ActivePresentation.FullName
CurrentFolder = ActivePresentation.Path & "\"
FileName = Mid(myPath, InStrRev(myPath, "\") + 1, _
InStrRev(myPath, ".") - InStrRev(myPath, "\") - 1)
'Does File Already Exist?
Do While UniqueName = False
DirFile = CurrentFolder & FileName & ".pdf"
If Len(Dir(DirFile)) <> 0 Then
UserAnswer = MsgBox("File Already Exists! Click " & _
"[Yes] to override. Click [No] to Rename.", vbYesNoCancel)
If UserAnswer = vbYes Then
UniqueName = True
ElseIf UserAnswer = vbNo Then
'Retrieve New File Name
FileName = InputBox("Provide New File Name " & _
"(will ask again if you provide an invalid file name)", _
"Enter File Name", FileName)
'Exit if User Wants To
If FileName = "False" Or FileName = "" Then Exit Sub
Loop While ValidFileName(FileName) = False
Exit Sub 'Cancel
UniqueName = True
'Save As PDF Document
On Error GoTo ProblemSaving
ActivePresentation.ExportAsFixedFormat CurrentFolder & FileName & ".pdf", _
ppFixedFormatTypePDF, ppFixedFormatIntentPrint, msoCTrue, ppPrintHandoutHorizontalFirst, _
ppPrintOutputSlides, msoFalse, , ppPrintAll, , False, False, False, False, False
On Error GoTo 0
'Confirm Save To User
FolderName = Mid(.Path, InStrRev(.Path, "\") + 1, Len(.Path) - InStrRev(.Path, "\"))
MsgBox "PDF Saved in the Folder: " & FolderName
MsgBox "There was a problem saving your PDF. This is most commonly caused " & _
"by the original PDF file already being open."
Function To Validate Save File Name
Below is a function that you will need to paste in along with the above macro. The VBA function provides a way of testing any file name your users provide to save the PDF document as.
Function ValidFileName(FileName As Variant) As Boolean
'PURPOSE: Determine If A Given PowerPoint File Name Is Valid
Dim ppt As Presentation
'Create a Temporary XLS file
On Error GoTo InvalidFileName
Set ppt = Presentations.Add
ppt.SaveAs Environ("TEMP") & "\" & FileName & ".ppt", ppSaveAsPresentation
On Error Resume Next
'Close Temp PowerPoint
'Delete Temp File
Kill Environ("TEMP") & "\" & FileName & ".ppt"
'File Name is Valid
ValidFileName = True
'Close Temp PowerPoint
'File Name is Invalid
ValidFileName = False
Same Macro Functionality For Other Office Applications
Upon request, I have made similar macros for other Office Applications you may use on a regular basis to convert their files into PDF documents. The links to those specific posts are as follows:
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