Inserting Alternative Text in a PowerPoint Footer


K

Keith

Hi,
I am creating a PowerPoint presentaton that contains a single JPG image per
slide. I would like to display the JPG filename in the footer of the
individual slides of the presentation.

I know the Alternative Text Tab (Right Click image, Select Size and
Position, and Select the Alt Text Tab) carries the individual image path and
filename. Is there a field I can insert in the footer to just display the
filename?

Thanks
Keith
 
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Lucy Thomson

Hi Keith

I would use the Photo Album feature for this, selecting 1 picture slide
layout and ticking the 'include caption' box (which will be the file name).
You can create your own template to base the photo album on if you want a
different size/format to the picture than the defaults.

If you want more info post back including your version.

Lucy
 
K

Keith

Hi Lucy,
Im using PPT 2007 on Vista and I want to build my own slides as I think it
gives greater flixibility and control. I will be needing to use hyperlinks
from a Table of Contents to branch to about a dozen or so separate files so
you can see why I am looking for an automatic solution such as a field that
will automatically extract the filename from the Alt Text and display it as a
footer.

OK?
Thanks
Keith
 
L

Lucy Thomson

Hi Keith

AFAIK there are no fields like you get in Word, say. Though there may be a
VBA solution (not my area I'm afraid). You could have a look at PPTMerge:
http://www.pptools.com/merge/index.html or Image Importer Wizard:
http://skp.mvps.org/iiw.htm to see if either of them will meet your needs.

Having said that, I would still use photo album to get those picture slides
into the presentation. Once they are there, you can do whatever you like
with them and the presentation (adding additional slides, a TOC, etc). As
you are using 2007 the pictures come in as real pictures (rather than as
autoshape fills as used to be the case) which makes life easier. But that's
just what I would do :)

Lucy
 
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John Wilson

Hi Keith

To do what you need you will have to use an Add In or vba code

The basic code would be :

Dim strText As String
strText = ActiveWindow.Selection.ShapeRange(1).AlternativeText
With ActiveWindow.Selection.SlideRange(1).HeadersFooters.Footer
..Text = strText
..Visible = msoTrue
End With

We do this often and have an Add In that may interest you if this is
something you do regularly. It can label the pics in a variety of ways and
integrates into the Picture Tools Tab in 2007. Drop me a line if you are
interested john ATSIGN pptalchemy.co.uk
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