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Microsoft  PowerPoint MVP 2003-2007


    So, you are running a show in dual screen mode and George, the guy in charge of the child care room, comes up and asks you to get Mr. & Mrs. Smith right now, 'cause Jimmy had an accident.  Pop Quiz, what do you do?

    You don't want to interrupt everything and announce over the PA that a kid is hurt.  No parent in the audience will hear another word that is said.  In addition, the mood the presenter has been carefully building, is now shattered.  Announcements are just ugly solutions.

    Enter in this little pair of macros:

  •    The first macro pauses the show and asks what needs to be shown, then displays it.
  •     The second removes the display.  Having this removal as a separate macro allows you to keep the message up as long or as short a time as is required.

So, add shortcuts to this pair of macros (ShowMe and HideMe) on any toolbar and click on one to add your message and the other to remove it.

Please note that these macros are not fool-proof. I have not trapped possible errors, like removing messages that are not there, or adding messages on to existing messages.  You can add these routines should you feel the need.

Option Explicit

Sub ShowMe()

Dim Msg As String, Sld As Integer, x As Integer

Msg = InputBox("What do you want to be displayed?", "Urgent Message")
     If Trim(Msg) = "" Then Exit Sub

Sld = SlideShowWindows(1).View.CurrentShowPosition

ActivePresentation.Slides(Sld).Shapes _
     .AddTextbox(msoTextOrientationHorizontal, _
     Left:=0, Top:=-50, Width:=ActivePresentation _
     .PageSetup.SlideWidth, Height:=50).Name = "Emergent"

With ActivePresentation.Slides(Sld).Shapes("Emergent")
     With .Fill
          .ForeColor.RGB = RGB(255, 0, 0)
          .OneColorGradient msoGradientHorizontal, 4, 0
          End With
     With .TextFrame.TextRange
          .ParagraphFormat.Alignment = ppAlignCenter
          .Text = Msg
          .Font.Size = 35
          .Font.Color.RGB = RGB(255, 240, 240)
          End With
     For x = -50 To 0
          .Top = x
          Next x
End With

For x = 1 To ActivePresentation.Slides.Count
     If x <> Sld Then
          End If
     Next x


End Sub

Sub HideMe()
Dim x As Integer, y As Integer, Sld As Integer

Sld = ActivePresentation.SlideShowWindow.View.CurrentShowPosition

For x = 1 To ActivePresentation.Slides.Count
         With ActivePresentation.Slides(x).Shapes("Emergent")
               If x = Sld Then
                    For y = 0 To -50 Step -1
                         .Top = y
                         Next y
                    End If
          End With
     Next x


End Sub


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