May, 2010

  • Eric White's Blog

    Removing Speaker Notes from a set of PowerPoint Presentations


    Sometimes you want to prepare a set of PowerPoint presentations for distribution outside your company, and you want to remove all speaker notes from the presentations.  This is easy enough to do if you only need to scrub a few presentations, but if you have a lot, then manually scrubbing each one will be tedious.  Here is a bit of VBA code to iterate through all presentations (both PPT and PPTX) in a directory, removing the speaker notes from each slide in each deck.  Posting this so that I can find this script the next time I need it.

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    Sub RemoveSpeakerNotes()

      Set objPPT = CreateObject("PowerPoint.Application")
      objPPT.Visible = True
      strComputer = "."
      Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
      Set FileList = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
        ("ASSOCIATORS OF {Win32_Directory.Name='E:\DirectoryContainingPresentations'} Where " _
        & "ResultClass = CIM_DataFile")
      For Each objFile In FileList
        If objFile.Extension = "pptx" Or objFile.Extension = "ppt" Then
          Set objPresentation = objPPT.Presentations.Open(objFile.Name)
          Set colSlides = objPresentation.Slides
          On Error Resume Next
          For Each objSlide In colSlides
            objSlide.NotesPage.Shapes(2).TextFrame.TextRange = ""
        End If
      MsgBox ("Done")
    End Sub

    This was from a Scripting Guy column, but was missing the On Error Resume Next.

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