Reformat all instances of a particular phrase
Suppose you're doing a class lesson in PowerPoint and want to highlight all instances of a particular phrase by making it bold or changing its color, etc.
It's possible to do the job manually, but it could be very tedious. Nearly, but not quite, as tedious as reading my prose.
Using a simple macro, though, you can have the job done in seconds:
Sub FormatThePhrase() Dim oSl As Slide Dim oSh As Shape Dim lStartPos As Long Dim sSearchPhrase As String ' EDIT THIS TO REFLECT THE PHRASE YOU'RE LOOKING FOR sSearchPhrase = "my phrase" For Each oSl In ActivePresentation.Slides For Each oSh In oSl.Shapes If oSh.HasTextFrame Then If oSh.TextFrame.HasText Then lStartPos = InStr(UCase(oSh.TextFrame.TextRange.Text), UCase(sSearchPhrase)) If lStartPos > 0 Then ' one example of how you can change the text formatting ' do whatever else is needed here: oSh.TextFrame.TextRange.Characters(lStartPos, Len(sSearchPhrase)).Font.Bold = True End If End If End If Next Next End Sub
See How do I use VBA code in PowerPoint? to learn how to use this example code.