PPT: Sample Code Displays Message Box With AutoShape Type Name

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This article contains a sample Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications macro (Sub procedure) that retrieves the shape type for a selected AutoShape object and then displays a message box with the name of the shape type.

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Sample Visual Basic Procedure

   Sub GetAutoShapeName()

      ' Dimension the variables.
      Dim strAutoShape As String
      Dim lCurrentSlide As Long
      Dim lCurrentView As Long
      Dim oShape As Shape

      ' Determine what the current slide view is.
      lCurrentView = ActiveWindow.ViewType

      ' See whether in slide view.
      If lCurrentView <> ppViewSlide Then

         ' Display error message.
         MsgBox "This macro is designed to be run in slide view. " _
            & "Switch to slide view, select a shape and run the " _
            & "macro again. ", vbExclamation, "Invalid View"

         ' Stop the macro.
         End

      End If

      ' Check to make sure something is selected.
      If ActiveWindow.Selection.Type = ppSelectionNone Then

         ' Display error message box.
         MsgBox "No objects are selected. Please select one object " _
            & "and run the macro again.", vbExclamation

         ' End the macro.
         End

      End If

      ' Get the current slide number.
      lCurrentSlide = ActiveWindow.Selection.SlideRange.SlideNumber

      ' See whether more than one shape is selected.
      If ActiveWindow.Selection.ShapeRange.Count > 1 Then

         ' Display error message.
         MsgBox "Too many objects selected. Please select one object " _
            & "and run the macro again.", vbExclamation

         ' Stop the macro.
         End

      End If

      ' Get reference to selected shape.
      Set oShape = ActiveWindow.Selection.ShapeRange(1)

      ' Determine the type of autoshape.
      Select Case oShape.AutoShapeType

         Case msoShape16pointStar
            strAutoShape = "16pointStar"
         Case msoShape24pointStar
            strAutoShape = "24point Star"
         Case msoShape32pointStar
            strAutoShape = "32pointStar"
         Case msoShape4pointStar
            strAutoShape = "4pointStar"
         Case msoShape5pointStar
            strAutoShape = "5pointStar"
         Case msoShape8pointStar
            strAutoShape = "8pointStar"
         Case msoShapeActionButtonBackorPrevious
            strAutoShape = "ActionButtonBackorPrevious"
         Case msoShapeActionButtonBeginning
            strAutoShape = "ActionButtonBeginning"
         Case msoShapeActionButtonCustom
            strAutoShape = "ActionButtonCustom"
         Case msoShapeActionButtonDocument
            strAutoShape = "ShapeActionButtonDocument"
         Case msoShapeActionButtonEnd
            strAutoShape = "ActionButtonEnd"
         Case msoShapeActionButtonForwardorNext
            strAutoShape = "ActionButtonForwardorNext"
         Case msoShapeActionButtonHelp
            strAutoShape = "ActionButtonHelp"
         Case msoShapeActionButtonHome
            strAutoShape = "ActionButtonHome"
         Case msoShapeActionButtonInformation
            strAutoShape = "ActionButtonInformation"
         Case msoShapeActionButtonMovie
            strAutoShape = "ActionButtonMovie"
         Case msoShapeActionButtonReturn
            strAutoShape = "ActionButtonReturn"
         Case msoShapeActionButtonSound
            strAutoShape = "ActionButtonSound"
         Case msoShapeArc
            strAutoShape = "Arc"
         Case msoShapeBalloon
            strAutoShape = "Balloon"
         Case msoShapeBentArrow
            strAutoShape = "BentArrow"
         Case msoShapeBentUpArrow
            strAutoShape = "BentUpArrow"
         Case msoShapeBevel
            strAutoShape = "Bevel"
         Case msoShapeBlockArc
            strAutoShape = "BlockArc"
         Case msoShapeCan
            strAutoShape = "Can"
         Case msoShapeChevron
            strAutoShape = "Chevron"
         Case msoShapeCircularArrow
            strAutoShape = "CircularArrow"
         Case msoShapeCloudCallout
            strAutoShape = "CloudCallout"
         Case msoShapeCross
            strAutoShape = "Cross"
         Case msoShapeCube
            strAutoShape = "Cube"
         Case msoShapeCurvedDownArrow
            strAutoShape = "CurvedDownArrow"
         Case msoShapeCurvedDownRibbon
            strAutoShape = "CurvedDownRibbon"
         Case msoShapeCurvedLeftArrow
            strAutoShape = "CurvedLeftArrow"
         Case msoShapeCurvedRightArrow
            strAutoShape = "CurvedRightArrow"
         Case msoShapeCurvedUpArrow
            strAutoShape = "CurvedUpArrow"
         Case msoShapeCurvedUpRibbon
            strAutoShape = "CurvedUpRibbon"
         Case msoShapeDiamond
            strAutoShape = "Diamond"
         Case msoShapeDonut
            strAutoShape = "Donut"
         Case msoShapeDoubleBrace
            strAutoShape = "DoubleBrace"
         Case msoShapeDoubleBracket
            strAutoShape = "DoubleBracket"
         Case msoShapeDoubleWave
            strAutoShape = "DoubleWave"
         Case msoShapeDownArrow
            strAutoShape = "DownArrow"
         Case msoShapeDownArrowCallout
            strAutoShape = "DownArrowCallout"
         Case msoShapeDownRibbon
            strAutoShape = "DownRibbon"
         Case msoShapeExplosion1
            strAutoShape = "Explosion1"
         Case msoShapeExplosion2
            strAutoShape = "Explosion2"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartAlternateProcess
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartAlternateProcess"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartCard
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartCard"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartCollate
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartCollate"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartConnector
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartConnector"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartData
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartData"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartDecision
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartDecision"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartDelay
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartDelay"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartDirectAccessStorage
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartDirectAccessStorage"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartDisplay
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartDisplay"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartDocument
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartDocument"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartExtract
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartExtract"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartInternalStorage
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartInternalStorage"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartMagneticDisk
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartMagneticDisk"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartManualInput
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartManualInput"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartManualOperation
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartManualOperation"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartMerge
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartMerge"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartMultidocument
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartMultidocument"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartOffpageConnector
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartOffpageConnector"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartOr
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartOr"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartPredefinedProcess
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartPredefinedProcess"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartPreparation
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartPreparation"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartProcess
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartProcess"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartPunchedTape
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartPunchedTape"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartSequentialAccessStorage
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartSequentialAccessStorage"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartSort
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartSort"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartStoredData
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartStoredData"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartSummingJunction
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartSummingJunction"
         Case msoShapeFlowchartTerminator
            strAutoShape = "FlowchartTerminator"
         Case msoShapeFoldedCorner
            strAutoShape = "FoldedCorner"
         Case msoShapeHeart
            strAutoShape = "Heart"
         Case msoShapeHexagon
            strAutoShape = "Hexagon"
         Case msoShapeHorizontalScroll
            strAutoShape = "HorizontalScroll"
         Case msoShapeIsoscelesTriangle
            strAutoShape = "IsoscelesTriangle"
         Case msoShapeLeftArrow
            strAutoShape = "LeftArrow"
         Case msoShapeLeftArrowCallout
            strAutoShape = "LeftArrowCallout"
         Case msoShapeLeftBrace
            strAutoShape = "LeftBrace"
         Case msoShapeLeftBracket
            strAutoShape = "LeftBracket"
         Case msoShapeLeftRightArrow
            strAutoShape = "LeftRightArrow"
         Case msoShapeLeftRightArrowCallout
            strAutoShape = "LeftRightArrowCallout"
         Case msoShapeLeftRightUpArrow
            strAutoShape = "LeftRightUpArrow"
         Case msoShapeLeftUpArrow
            strAutoShape = "LeftUpArrow"
         Case msoShapeLightningBolt
            strAutoShape = "LightningBolt"
         Case msoShapeLineCallout1
            strAutoShape = "LineCallout1"
         Case msoShapeLineCallout1AccentBar
            strAutoShape = "LineCallout1AccentBar"
         Case msoShapeLineCallout1BorderandAccentBar
            strAutoShape = "LineCallout1BorderandAccentBar"
         Case msoShapeLineCallout1NoBorder
            strAutoShape = "LineCallout1NoBorder"
         Case msoShapeLineCallout2
            strAutoShape = "LineCallout2"
         Case msoShapeLineCallout2AccentBar
            strAutoShape = "LineCallout2AccentBar"
         Case msoShapeLineCallout2BorderandAccentBar
            strAutoShape = "LineCallout2BorderandAccentBar"
         Case msoShapeLineCallout2NoBorder
            strAutoShape = "LineCallout2NoBorder"
         Case msoShapeLineCallout3
            strAutoShape = "LineCallout3"
         Case msoShapeLineCallout3AccentBar
            strAutoShape = "LineCallout3AccentBar"
         Case msoShapeLineCallout3BorderandAccentBar
            strAutoShape = "LineCallout3BorderandAccentBar"
         Case msoShapeLineCallout3NoBorder
            strAutoShape = "LineCallout3NoBorder"
         Case msoShapeLineCallout4
            strAutoShape = "LineCallout4"
         Case msoShapeLineCallout4AccentBar
            strAutoShape = "LineCallout4AccentBar"
         Case msoShapeLineCallout4BorderandAccentBar
            strAutoShape = "LineCallout4BorderandAccentBar"
         Case msoShapeLineCallout4NoBorder
            strAutoShape = "LineCallout4NoBorder"
         Case msoShapeMixed
            strAutoShape = "Mixed"
         Case msoShapeMoon
            strAutoShape = "Moon"
         Case msoShapeNoSymbol
            strAutoShape = "NoSymbol"
         Case msoShapeNotchedRightArrow
            strAutoShape = "NotchedRightArrow"
         Case msoShapeNotPrimitive
            strAutoShape = "NotPrimitive"
         Case msoShapeOctagon
            strAutoShape = "Octagon"
         Case msoShapeOval
            strAutoShape = "Oval"
         Case msoShapeOvalCallout
            strAutoShape = "OvalCallout"
         Case msoShapeParallelogram
            strAutoShape = "Parallelogram"
         Case msoShapePentagon
            strAutoShape = "Pentagon"
         Case msoShapePlaque
            strAutoShape = "Plaque"
         Case msoShapeQuadArrow
            strAutoShape = "QuadArrow"
         Case msoShapeQuadArrowCallout
            strAutoShape = "QuadArrowCallout"
         Case msoShapeRectangle
            strAutoShape = "Rectangle"
         Case msoShapeRectangularCallout
            strAutoShape = "RectangularCallout"
         Case msoShapeRegularPentagon
            strAutoShape = "RegularPentagon"
         Case msoShapeRightArrow
            strAutoShape = "RightArrow"
         Case msoShapeRightArrowCallout
            strAutoShape = "RightArrowCallout"
         Case msoShapeRightBrace
            strAutoShape = "RightBrace"
         Case msoShapeRightBracket
            strAutoShape = "RightBracket"
         Case msoShapeRightTriangle
            strAutoShape = "RightTriangle"
         Case msoShapeRoundedRectangle
            strAutoShape = "RoundedRectangle"
         Case msoShapeRoundedRectangularCallout
            strAutoShape = "RoundedRectangularCallout"
         Case msoShapeSmileyFace
            strAutoShape = "SmileyFace"
         Case msoShapeStripedRightArrow
            strAutoShape = "StripedRightArrow"
         Case msoShapeSun
            strAutoShape = "Sun"
         Case msoShapeTrapezoid
            strAutoShape = "Trapezoid"
         Case msoShapeUpArrow
            strAutoShape = "UpArrow"
         Case msoShapeUpArrowCallout
            strAutoShape = "UpArrowCallout"
         Case msoShapeUpDownArrow
            strAutoShape = "UpDownArrow"
         Case msoShapeUpDownArrowCallout
            strAutoShape = "UpDownArrowCallout"
         Case msoShapeUpRibbon
            strAutoShape = "UpRibbon"
         Case msoShapeUTurnArrow
            strAutoShape = "UTurnArrow"
         Case msoShapeVerticalScroll
            strAutoShape = "VerticalScroll"
         Case msoShapeWave
            strAutoShape = "ShapeWave"
         Case Else
            strAutoShape = "Not an AutoShape"

      End Select

      ' Display information sheet.
      MsgBox strAutoShape, vbInformation, "Auto Shape Name"

   End Sub
				

References

For more information about creating Visual Basic for Applications macros, click the Office Assistant in Microsoft PowerPoint, type how to create a macro, click Search, and then click to view "Create a macro in Visual Basic Editor."

For more information about running Visual Basic for Applications macros, click the Office Assistant in Microsoft PowerPoint, type how to run a macro, click Search, and then click to view "Run a macro."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If the Assistant is not able to answer your query, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
176476 OFF: Office Assistant Not Answering Visual Basic Questions


For more information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications

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Article ID: 163781 - Last Review: November 1, 2013 - Revision: 4.0
Applies to
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  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Standard Edition
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