How To Mimic ThisPresentation In VBA For PowerPoint

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 09/03/14 •  4 min read
How To Mimic ThisPresentation In VBA For PowerPoint

What This VBA Code Does

It's unfortunate that the Microsoft developer's did not include a ThisPresentation class in PowerPoint's VBA language. However, there is a way to simulate this functionality by referencing the Presentation's file name. Since users can only have unique file names open simultaneously, this method can serve as an alternative. BEWARE though, because if you change the PowerPoint's file name your macro will not function as intended. But because I'm nice, I'll show you how to put an Error Handler in the VBA code so your user's do not get confused if the name is accidentally changed!

Sub Mimic_ThisPresentation()
'PURPOSE: Show how to mimic the functionality of ThisPresentation
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/The-Code-Vault

Dim ThisPresentation As Presentation
Dim ThisFile As String

'What is the name of this file?
  ThisFile = "Presentation1.pptx"

'Set Variable to Presentation via Filename
  On Error GoTo NotFound
    Set ThisPresentation = Application.Presentations(ThisFile)
  On Error GoTo 0
'Do Something...(ie add Callout shape to first slide)
  ThisPresentation.Slides(1).Shapes.AddCallout msoCalloutOne, 50, 50, 50, 50

Exit Sub

'Error Handler
  MsgBox "There is no file currently opened with the name:  " _
    & ThisFile & vbNewLine & "Please check to see if the file" _
    & " was renamed or modify the VBA code.", vbCritical, "File Not Found"

End Sub

Using VBA Code Found On The Internet

Now that you’ve found some VBA code that could potentially solve your Excel automation problem, what do you do with it? If you don’t necessarily want to learn how to code VBA and are just looking for the fastest way to implement this code into your spreadsheet, I wrote an article (with video) that explains how to get the VBA code you’ve found running on your spreadsheet.

Getting Started Automating Excel

Are you new to VBA and not sure where to begin? Check out my quickstart guide to learning VBA. This article won’t overwhelm you with fancy coding jargon, as it provides you with a simplistic and straightforward approach to the basic things I wish I knew when trying to teach myself how to automate tasks in Excel with VBA Macros.

Also, if you haven’t checked out Excel’s latest automation feature called Power Query, I have put together a beginner’s guide for automating with Excel’s Power Query feature as well! This little-known built-in Excel feature allows you to merge and clean data automatically with little to no coding!

How Do I Modify This To Fit My Specific Needs?

Chances are this post did not give you the exact answer you were looking for. We all have different situations and it's impossible to account for every particular need one might have. That's why I want to share with you: My Guide to Getting the Solution to your Problems FAST! In this article, I explain the best strategies I have come up with over the years to get quick answers to complex problems in Excel, PowerPoint, VBA, you name it

I highly recommend that you check this guide out before asking me or anyone else in the comments section to solve your specific problem. I can guarantee that 9 times out of 10, one of my strategies will get you the answer(s) you are needing faster than it will take me to get back to you with a possible solution. I try my best to help everyone out, but sometimes I don't have time to fit everyone's questions in (there never seem to be quite enough hours in the day!).

I wish you the best of luck and I hope this tutorial gets you heading in the right direction!

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Chris Newman

Chris Newman

Chris is a finance professional and Excel MVP recognized by Microsoft since 2016. With his expertise, he founded TheSpreadsheetGuru blog to help fellow Excel users, where he shares his vast creative solutions & expertise. In addition, he has developed over 7 widely-used Excel Add-ins that have been embraced by individuals and companies worldwide.