What happened to the macro recorder?

The macro recorder, used to automate frequent tasks, is not available in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007. Instead, you can use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) (Visual Basic for Applications (VBA): A macro-language version of Microsoft Visual Basic that is used to program Microsoft Windows-based applications and is included with several Microsoft programs.) to create or edit macros (macro: An action or a set of actions that you can use to automate tasks. Macros are recorded in the Visual Basic for Applications programming language.). To create or edit a macro by using Visual Basic for Applications, do the following:

  1. On the Developer tab, in the Code group, click Macros.

You can show the Developer tab if it is not available.

  1. In the Macro dialog box, in the Macro name box, type a name for the macro.
  2. In the Macro in list, click the template (template: A file or files that contain the structure and tools for shaping such elements as the style and page layout of finished files. For example, Word templates can shape a single document, and FrontPage templates can shape an entire Web site.) or the presentation that you want to store the macro in.
  3. In the Description box, type a description for the macro.
  4. Click Create to open Visual Basic for Applications.

 Note   If you created a macro in a version of PowerPoint earlier than Office PowerPoint 2007 by using the macro reader, use Visual Basic for Applications to edit the macro.

For information about running a macro in Office PowerPoint 2007, see Run a macro.

Applies to:
PowerPoint 2007