Tl;dr: You have a template or have made a lot of master slides you don’t use. You want to share the file and don’t want all the master slides to be shared. Here is a macro to remove them in seconds
This is a random tip, but something you probably will never know that you can do. I’ve started using it and thought to make a quick blog to teach you.
Ok, so you bought a template and it has 150 master slides. Maybe you have a bunch of proprietary master slides you don’t want to share beyond the ones you are sharing with someone. Maybe you are just anal. Who knows.
You have used 10 master slides and don’t want people to see the 140 you are not using when sharing a PowerPoint file.
Only which ones did you use, and which did you not? You don’t want to accidentally delete ones that you used.
You could do the manual thing and manually check one by one, or you could use magic to do it in seconds.
This is the magic version.
Here is how to do it step by step.
First, make a new VBA macro
To create a macro, do the following (It’s not as scary as you think):
1/ On the View tab, choose Macros.
2/ In the Macro name: dialog box at the very top left, type a name for the macro (Type anything like “asd”, it doesn’t matter!).
3/ In the Macro list on the right-hand side (5 down), click create (see above).
4/ In the Description box, delete the lines of code that come up (the Sub stuff) and then copy paste the macro code in (it’s in the next section).
5/ Code looks like this. Click Play to run the macro.
6/ It runs. Done!
The macro code
You copy and paste the following code into the macro (module):
Sub SlideMasterCleanup() Dim i As Integer Dim j As Integer Dim oPres As Presentation Set oPres = ActivePresentation On Error Resume Next With oPres For i = 1 To .Designs.Count For j = .Designs(i).SlideMaster.CustomLayouts.Count To 1 Step -1 .Designs(i).SlideMaster.CustomLayouts(j).Delete Next Next i End With End Sub
Then you press run as above.
Boom. Done. That’s it.
All the master slides you are not using are gone.
Send the file!
If you ever find a macro you like online, do the same process to run it. You now know how to run macros. It’s very similar in Excel too.
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