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PPT: Maximum Number of Objects Per Slide and Notes

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PowerPoint has a limit to the number of objects that can be in Slides view,Notes view, or any of the master views. This limit is different dependingon which version of PowerPoint you are using.
   Version  Object Limit   -------  ------------   7.0      2040 (2048 minus reserved placeholder objects)   4.0      2040 (2048 minus reserved placeholder objects)   3.0      2046 (2048 minus reserved title, slide image, and body objects)   2.0      1069 (1070 minus reserved title and slide picture objects)				

Versions 3.0, 4.0, 7.0

PowerPoint versions 3.0, 4.0, and 7.0, have a limit of 2048 objects perSlides view, Notes view, or any of the master views. This includes theTitle, Body, Master Title, Master Body, and Slide Image objects inPowerPoint 3.0 and the AutoLayout placeholder objects in PowerPoint 4.0 and7.0.

This means that only 2046 objects (PowerPoint 3.0) or 2040 objects(PowerPoint 4.0 and 7.0) can be added to the Slides, Notes, Slide Master,and Notes master views.

PowerPoint gives you the following warning message if you tryto exceed the limit:
Sorry, the slide has too many objects to perform this operation.
In addition to getting this message when you paste information to or makechanges to a document, you may also get the message when you convert a non-PowerPoint object to a PowerPoint object using the Ungroup command(which is not available in PowerPoint 2.0).

Version 2.0

PowerPoint 2.0 is limited to 1070 objects per Slides view, Notes view, orany of the master views. For the Slides, Notes, Slide Master, and Notesmaster views, this includes the Title and Slide Picture objects. This meansthat only 1069 objects can be added to the Slides, Notes, Slide Master, andNotes master views because the reserved objects in those views cannot bedeleted.

PowerPoint 2.0 for Windows warns you if you have multiple objects inthe Clipboard and pasting the contents of the Clipboard would exceedthis limit:
Sorry, you cannot paste all the objects to this slide, some have been pasted. Use Undo to recover the slide's state before pasting.
PowerPoint 2.0 for the Macintosh does not warn you under the samecircumstances. Instead, you receive the following warning when saving apresentation in which the current view exceeds this limit:
There are too many objects on the current slide. Some will be lost.
If it is not the current view that exceeds the limit, PowerPoint 2.0 forthe Macintosh does not display a warning message, but some of the objectswill be lost anyway.

If you are at exactly the limit for the current view, the Paste commandis unavailable (dimmed).
You can reduce the number of objects in PowerPoint by converting multipleobjects to a single picture. A picture is treated as just one object inPowerPoint. To convert multiple PowerPoint objects to a single picture, dothe following:
  1. Select the objects that you want to convert, using the various methods for performing multiple selections in PowerPoint.
  2. On the Edit menu, click Cut.
  3. If you are using version 2.0, click Paste As Picture on the Edit menu.


    If you are using version 3.0 or later, click Paste Special on the Edit menu. Click Picture and then click Paste (version 3.0) or click OK (version 4.0 and later).
The resulting picture is treated as a single object and allows you to addmore objects to your presentation.

In versions 3.0 and 4.0, the resulting picture can be converted back toPowerPoint objects using the Ungroup command.
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Article ID: 87556 - Last Review: 11/16/2006 04:45:04 - Revision: 2.2

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