How to duplicate a slide or copy a PowerPoint shape from one slide to another using the PowerPoint API?

asked 2023-01-02T08:22:37.57+00:00
CaptainTammy 1 Reputation point

I want to basically duplicate a slide, or at least copy certain shapes from one slide to another one using the PowerPoint API (not VBA), is this possible?

Since the shapes array is readonly it can not be manipulated. Is there another way of achieving this?

If possible, can you show an example of how it is done?
If not possible, is there a good reason why it's not possible, or is it just not implemented yet?

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  1. answered 2023-01-02T16:25:31.837+00:00
    John Korchok 3,121 Reputation points

    An API is a set of specifications that outline how a programming language can interact with a program. It's not a programming language itself. You can program PowerPoint using VBA (through the VBA IDE built into the program), Visual Basic or C# (using Visual Studio), JavaScript (using Office.js), Python and others. All of these languages follow the PowerPoint API to manipulate the program.

    A shapes array is not read-only. You have to work with it using the ShapeRange object, which is a bit of a pain, but certainly possible.

    To provide code examples, you would have to specify the language you want to work with.