How To Determine Shadow Settings of A Shape With VBA

Determine Shadow Characteristics of PowerPoint Shape With VBA

What This VBA Code Does

Shadows have 5 characteristics that do not easily translate from the slide view into VBA coding.  While the shadow's color, transparency, and blur can be found in the Format dialog box, the positioning of the shadow can be a hassle to determine.  The below code will provide all the characteristics of a selected shape's shadow minus the color (which is typically black). Enjoy!

Sub DetermineShadowSettings()
'PURPOSE: Determine the Shadow setting for the currently selected shape

Dim ActiveShape As Shape
Dim shp As Shape
Dim myBlur As Long
Dim myTransparency As Long
Dim myOffsetX As Long
Dim myOffsetY As Long

'Determine Which Shape is Active
  If ActiveWindow.Selection.Type = ppSelectionShapes Then
    'Loop in case multiples shapes selected
       For Each shp In ActiveWindow.Selection.ShapeRange
         'ActiveShape is first shape selected
            Set ActiveShape = shp
            Exit For
       Next shp
    MsgBox "There is no shape currently selected!", vbExclamation, "No Shape Found"
  End If

'Determine Shadow Characteristics
  With ActiveShape.Shadow
    myBlur = .Blur
    myTransparency = .Transparency
    myOffsetX = .OffsetX
    myOffsetY = .OffsetY
  End With
'Report Out Shadow Characteristics
  MsgBox "Blur: " & myBlur & vbNewLine & _
    "Transparency: " & myTransparency & vbNewLine & _
    "OffsetX: " & myOffsetX & vbNewLine & _
    "OffsetY: " & myOffsetY

End Sub

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