Current Version: Version 1.0
Compatibility: PC Only, Excel 2007 - 2016 (32 or 64-bit)

Table Of Contents
  [A] Getting Started
  [B] Paste & Swap Paste
  [C] The Dimensioner
  [D] Objects/Shapes
  [E] Slide Status Tags
  [F] Callouts
  [G] Color Palette
  [H] Keyword Finder
  [I]  Export, PDF, Email
  [J]  Other Features

Installing This Add-in Inside PowerPoint

This add-in installs just like any normal PowerPoint add-in (.ppam) file. If this is your first time installing a PowerPoint add-in you can view step-by-step instructions on how to get the file setup in this instructional post:

How to Install and Uninstall A VBA Add-in File For Microsoft Office

The Guru Tab Settings Text File

The Guru Tab add-in stores all of your custom settings and presets in a separate text (.txt) file called "GuruTabPowerPointSettings.txt". This file will be automatically generated the first time you use your add-in and the text file should always remain in the same folder as your Guru Tab.ppam file.

You should refrain from opening this text file and modifying it, as any modifications you do to the file can risk corruption of the Guru Tab. No refunds will be issued to those who corrupt the add-in.

If for some reason the add-in is having trouble generating a settings text file, you can download one HERE and manually place the text file within the same folder as your add-in file.

Entering Your License Code

  1. Click the Settings dialog launcher button
  2. Select the License button near the upper right-hand corner
  3. Enter in the License Code provided to you via your download email
  4. Read the End User License Agreement and click the I Accept & Activate button

Does Your "Guru Tab" Keep Disappearing?

Due to a security update released by Microsoft in July 2016, add-in files you download from the internet are "blocked" by default. To unblock the file or create a "safe" folder location for your add-ins, please read my article to keep your add-ins showing in your PowerPoint Ribbon (it's a pain, but is fast and easy to do!).

Prevent Microsoft Office Add-ins From Disappearing From The Ribbon Interface

Paste Special Buttons

Every Option Imaginable

Within the Paste Picture drop down menu, you are give easy access to all the various paste special options available to you in PowerPoint.

Simply copy something and select the option that suites the format you wish to paste as. The Default option is similar a normal paste or using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + c

Which option works best for your needs? For charts, the Bitmap or PNG paste types produce the best image quality. For everything else (including charts that are group with other objects), the Metafile Picture or Enhanced Metafile paste types seem to produce the best results.

Default Buttons

There are two dedicated buttons to perform pasting on the Guru Tab.  The reason why there are two separate buttons is due to the fact that the Excel charting objects paste differently from a graphics perspective. Having two separate buttons allows you to quickly paste different objects without having to go through the drop down menu every time.


Changing The Default Settings

There are two "default" buttons on the Guru Tab where you can store your most often used paste types. This is meant to minimize the need to navigate to the drop down menu under the Paste Picture button.

To navigate to the Guru Tab Settings userform, click one of the two available dialog launchers on the Guru Tab.

Once viewing the Settings userform, you can change the Paste Picture and Paste Chart drop down options to your preferred paste types. Once you save your settings you will be able to carry out those specified paste types by clicking the Paste Picture or the Paste Chart buttons.

Custom Screentips

To help you remember your default settings, the button screentip will display which paste type will be called when you hoover over the Paste Picture or Paste Chart buttons.

Swap Paste

The Swap Paste buttons allow you to perform a 1-for-1 Paste Special replacement of any object on your PowerPoint slide. This means you no long need to resize or re-position your images when you are replacing old slide graphics.

How It Works

  1. Copy something (a range, a chart, an image....anything!)
  2. Select the object (image) you want to replace it with on your PowerPoint slide
  3. Click the Swap paste button

Different Variations & Options

In the Swap button drop downs there are 3 different variations you can use to obtain the perfect size for your images.

  • Exact Size - This option will swap your image 1-for-1 even if the aspect ratio is skewed
  • Same Height - This option with swap your image to ensure the same height but will not disrupt the aspect ratio
  • Same Width - This option with swap your image to ensure the same width but will not disrupt the aspect ratio

Can can set the default for these three options by going into the Guru Tab Settings userform.

The Dimensioner is a tool of precision. It allows you to read a selected objects properties and then applies those properties to newly selected shapes or images.


How To Use The Dimensioner Tool

  1. Select an object on your slide that you want to apply specific aspects like size, position, or name to other objects .
  2. Click the Dimensioner button within the Objects/Shapes group.
  3. The Dimensioner tool will open displaying all the characteristics of your selected object.
  4. Within the tool you can change values or uncheck specific attributes you do not wish to apply
  5. Once you have configured your Dimensioner attributes, go to your slide and select the object(s) you wish to apply the dimensions to. Note that the Dimensioner tool will float on top of your PowerPoint application while you are selecting your objects
  6. Click the Apply To Selected button and watch the Dimensioner apply the attributes to your selection

Apply To All

The Apply To All option in the upper left-hand corner of the Dimensioner allows you to apply the checked attributes throughout your presentation to any object possessing the object name displayed in the Dimensioner's "Name" field.

This is a great option if you need to adjust the position or size of something that is on every slide and has the same object name. Examples could be a title textbox or a slide footer. To ensure your slide objects have the same name you can open the Selection Pane (Home > Select > Selection Pane...) to view all the object names residing on your slides.

Center/Center Within

  • Center - Centers your selected objects to your slide. The first click centers your selection horizontal and the second time you click the Center button it will center your selection vertically.
  • Center Within - Located in the Center button's drop down menu, this button will center all selected objects within the first object that was selected.


  • The Alignments drop-down has the exact same capabilities as the built-in PowerPoint alignment options

Clear Slide

  • The Clear Slide button removes all objects located on the slide. This button can also work to clear multiple selected slides at once.


  • The Cycle button essentially rotates through (think juggling) your objects in a clockwise motion.

Same Size

  • Same Height - Makes all objects in selection the same height as the first selected object
  • Same Width - Makes all objects in selection the same width as the first selected object
  • Same Height/Width - Makes all objects in selection the exact same size as the first selected object
  • Same Angle - Makes all objects in selection the same angle as the first selected object
  • Lock Aspect Ratio (Adjust Selection) - Toggles the Lock Aspect Ratio property on/off for all objects currently selected
  • Lock Aspect Ratio (Adjust All) - Toggles the Lock Aspect Ratio property on/off for all objects in the currently selected slides
  • Slide Status Tags are available to you to help you and your team keep track of the progress for each individual slide in your presentation.

Various Actions

There are various combinations you can perform while adding or updating your Slide Status Tags. You can...

  • Apply or Update the status of a slide across multiple slides at the same time
  • Remove all Slide Status Tags at once (More > Remove Status Tags)
  • Add Status Tags to all the slides in the entire presentation (More > Add Status Tags)

Customizing The Status Tags

The Guru Tab allows you to customize everything about your status tags. If you don't like the default ones, you can simply create your own shapes/text and load them into the add-in. Here are the steps to get a customized Slide Status Tag loaded into the add-in.

  1. Create your own slide status tag and position it on the slide to where you want it to be located
  2. Select your new tag
  3. Click the Modify Formats button within the More drop down menu
  4. Select the Slide Status Tag you wish to override
  5. Adjust the Ribbon Label text field (if you wish)
  6. Click Save Format

Now you can click the respective button on your Guru Tab ribbon and you will see the new Slide Status Tag be generated.

Callouts in the Guru Tab are simple graphics you can create and store so you don't need recreate them. You can store up to 9 individual callouts at one time

How To Create A Callout

While the Guru Tab comes with a few Callouts built-in, you are more than welcome to remove them and replace them with callouts that you personally use on a regular basis. Here is how you can create your own:

  1. Create your own Callout* and position it on the slide to where you want it to be located by default
  2. Select your new Callout
  3. Click the Modify Formats button within the More drop down menu
  4. Select the current Callout you wish to override or a Placeholder line
  5. Adjust the Ribbon Label text field (if you wish)
  6. Click Save Format

*Please Note: It is impossible to account of every combination of formatting and shape that PowerPoint has to offer. The Guru Tab may inform you that your Callout is too complex to store. As a general rule of thumb, please refrain from doing the following as you create your own Callouts:

  • Do not Group Shapes or select more than one shape
  • Do not use images
  • Do not use line arrows
  • Do not use custom drawn objects
  • Do not use Shape/Text effects (ie Bevels, Reflections, etc...)

How To Modify A Callout

[Coming Soon!]

How To Delete A Callout

[Coming Soon!]

Various Callout Actions

[Coming Soon!]

Store Your Favorite Colors

The Color Palette button allows you to store up to 10 RGB codes that can all be added on demand to the Recent Colors menu of your active PowerPoint presentation. The Color Palette button is a toggle button allowing it to just as easily remove the colors as well. 

RGB color codes can be entered into the Color Palette Options section of the Settings Userform.

Often for Public Relations or Legal reasons companies while want to refrain from using certain terms in their presentations. The Keyword Finder is a tool that scans your PowerPoint presentation for specific words or phrases of your choosing and highlights what it finds in Red.

Creating Your Keyword Search List

Running The Keyword Finder

To run the Keyword Finder simply click the magnify glass. The Keyword Finder will proceed to scan all the text in your presentation and highlight any word from your Search List in Red colored font.

After the Keyword Finder has finished, you will receive a report telling your if any words on your Search List were found. This report will also tell you exactly which slides were the culprits so you know right where to look.

The Guru Tab add-in offers a variety of options to export or save your PowerPoint presentation quickly.

Export Slides Button

  • Export your selected slides into a brand new PowerPoint file

Save As PDF Options

  • Save the entire Presentation as a PDF
  • Save the entire Presentation including Notes as a PDF
  • Save only the selected slides as a PDF
  • Save only the selected slides including Notes as a PDF
  • Save the entire Presentation as a PDF and Open the PDF file
  • Save the entire Presentation including Notes as a PDF and Open the PDF file
  • Save only the selected slides as a PDF and Open the PDF file
  • Save only the selected slides including Notes as a PDF and Open the PDF file

Attach To New Microsoft Outlook Message Options

This feature is very similar to the built-in Attach As button for PowerPoint, but it has some key benefits. First, you can rename the attached file to whatever you want. Another benefit is you have a variety of different options to attach:

  • Attach Presentation as a PowerPoint file
  • Attach selected slides as a PowerPoint file
  • Attach Presentation as a PDF file
  • Attach Presentation including Notes as a PDF file
  • Attach selected slides as a PDF file
  • Attach selected slides including Notes as a PDF file

Undo Everything

If you use VBA at all, you will quickly learn that you typically can't undo what the VBA code did once it was run. With the Guru Tab you can undo all of the buttons besides the Export, PDF, and Attach button sets. This is HUGE because you don't have to worry about saving your presentation before using the Guru Tab.

Share Settings

You may end up using the Guru Tab add-in with other people and want to share the same settings, Slide Tags, or Callouts. To do this you will want to save your GuruTabPowerPointSettings.txt file to a shared drive.

Within the Guru Tab Settings userform, you are able to tell the add-in where your settings are saved instead of having the add-in only look inside the same folder as the Guru Tab.ppam file.