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I have a PowerPoint slide file, which contains a lot of slides with numbers written inside the shapes(or objects).
So, I navigated around the website to see if I could read this PowerPoint slide file, and get some data from each slide.
Here is how far I could get.
h = actxserver('PowerPoint.Application');
h.Presentations.Open('C:\Temp\TLM template.pptx');
Set firstPres = Presentations.Item(1)
I am trying to get data from the second object in the first slide.
But I don't even know how to "read" this file, and get some data.
Can you give some guidance?
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dpb
dpb on 23 Apr 2018

That's totally dependent upon the syntax for ActiveX inside PowerPoint and completely independent of Matlab. You can do anything that was provided by MS and I'm certain that would include being able to retrieve data but you need to research the methods in the PowerPoint documentation to find out how.

A PP-specific newsgroup/forum would be more helpful than Matlab for this purpose in providing proper methods/syntax.

SR
SR on 3 May 2019
Did you ever figure out how to read data from PowerPoint?
I am having a similar issue, I want to:
  1. automatically create a presentation with textbox content via matlab (done)
  2. close it and clear all variables in session / quit matlab (done)
  3. manufally open presentation to edit textbox content and save presentation (done)
  4. open manually updated presentation via matlab (done)
  5. read/import updated content in specific edited textbox into matlab <-- not done
Although I can navigate to the specific texbox object I am interested in reading from, the contents load as empty.. I can only "read" data from textboxes if I filled them via matlab in the same session (not really "reading" since variable already loaded).

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Guillaume
Guillaume on 23 Apr 2018
I've never automated powerpoint, but like any other office application it shouldn't be too hard. The powerpoint DOM is documented by Microsoft. You just have to figure out how to navigate it.
A quick glance shows that you'll have to access the Slides collection to get your Slide, then probably the Shapes collection of your slide.
Something like:
powerpoint = actxserver('Powerpoint.Application');
presentation = powerpoint.Presentations.Open('C:\Temp\TLM template.pptx');
slide = presentation.Slides.Item(1); %to get the first slide
shape = slide.Shapes.Item(2); %to get the 2nd shape
%...

gwoo
gwoo on 26 Jan 2023
Better than using the ActiveX COM connection, use the .NET API. Then you can use all the well documented and updated help from the .NET documentation for MS Office. Making this connection also gives you access to Microsoft.Office.Core class which has all kinds of universal enums and such like MsoTriState which is used for matching TRUE or FALSE property values. You can also access the PowerPoint enums within the Microsoft.Office.Interop.PowerPoint class which is good for matching or setting property values like whether some paragraph is bulleted or not.
applicationName = "PowerPoint";
AppClass = connectNETApplication(applicationName);
msoFalse = Microsoft.Office.Core.MsoTriState.msoFalse;
ppBulletNone = Microsoft.Office.Interop.PowerPoint.PpBulletType.ppBulletNone;
% DO YOUR WORK HERE
disconnectNETApplication(AppClass);
clear('AppClass');
function AppClass = connectNETApplication(applicationName)
% This arguments bit is for Matlab 2022, it can be removed for versions
% before that
arguments
applicationName string {contains(applicationName, ["PowerPoint", "Word", "Excel"])}
end
dotnetenv("framework");
NET.addAssembly("Microsoft.Office.Interop." + applicationName);
AppClass = Microsoft.Office.Interop.(applicationName).ApplicationClass;
end
function disconnectNETApplication(AppClass)
Quit(AppClass);
end
For @SR case, hopefully solved by now, you can get and set text from "shapes" which is just a generic word of element in a way like below:
% PowerPoint.Presentations.Open(FileName, ReadOnly, Untitled, WithWindow)
Document = AppClass.Presentations.Open(fullfile(folder, filename), msoFalse, msoFalse, msoFalse);
Cell = Document.Slides.Item(1).Shapes.Item(2).Table.Cell(rowcol{:});
txt = string(Cell.Shape.TextFrame.TextRange.Paragraphs(1).Text); % Get Text
Cell.Shape.TextFrame.TextRange.Paragraphs(1).Text = "test"; % Set Text as string
For the loaded presentation Document, you can go through the slides and to select a slide to work in, you indicate which slide using the Item method to return that slide. Same with shapes which is just the term used for elements on the slide. You can loop through all the shapes using the Item method to find characteristics of each one to determine which one you want to work with.
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dpb
dpb on 26 Jan 2023
function AppClass = connectNETApplication(applicationName)
% This arguments bit is for Matlab 2022, it can be removed for versions
% before that
arguments
applicationName string {contains(applicationName, ["PowerPoint", "Word", "Excel"])}
end
dotnetenv("framework");
NET.addAssembly("Microsoft.Office.Interop." + applicationName);
AppClass = Microsoft.Office.Interop.(applicationName).ApplicationClass;
end
NOTA BENE: dotnetenv doesn't exist prior to R2022b so the above line
dotnetenv("framework");
errors for any release earlier.
I don't know enough yet about dotnet to understand the difference but it appears that one can still create the class without it.
I've just figured that part out; haven't yet tried anything "in anger" to see if it actually works, but the returned class looks to be real...just thought I'd point this out.
gwoo
gwoo on 1 Feb 2023
yea that's true about dotnetenv and it isn't needed. What I wrote is redundant actually (i like to say explicit) because when you load a NET.addAssembly it automatically uses the "framework" environment so you are right, it's not strictly needed and doesn't even exist prior to 2022.
Yes, i have compiled applications that use .NET API using other programs, not MS Office applications. I don't know why it would matter though.

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