Add or remove the progress bar in PowerPoint

Add or remove the progress bar in PowerPoint

Added visual components, such as a progress bar, can make your PowerPoint presentations much more appealing to viewers. A progress bar will show the status of the current slide in relation to the total number of slides in a presentation. Inserting a progress bar must be done via macro. This article will explain you how to do.

How to add progress bar to PowerPoint presentation?

  • A progress bar is usually placed at the bottom of your PowerPoint slide, keeping it subtle in regards to the rest of your content.
  • To insert the bar, head over to Tools > Macro > Visual Basic Editor.
  • In the window that opens, select Insert > Module, and then insert this text into the blank page:
  Sub AddProgressBar()        
    On Error Resume Next        
        With ActivePresentation        
              For X = 1 To .Slides.Count        
              .Slides(X).Shapes("PB").Delete        
              Set s = .Slides(X).Shapes.AddShape(msoShapeRectangle, _        
              0, .PageSetup.SlideHeight - 12, _        
              X * .PageSetup.SlideWidth / .Slides.Count, 12)        
              s.Fill.ForeColor.RGB = RGB(127, 0, 0)        
              s.Name = "PB"        
              Next X:        
        End With        
End Sub        
  • Next go to File > Close > Return to PowerPoint. You will be brought back to your presentation.
  • Now head to Tools > Macro > Macros. Select AddProcessBar and press Execute. A progress bar should now be displayed:

How to remove progress bar from PowerPoint?

If you'd like to remove your progress bar from your PowerPoint presentation, simply head back to your module and replace this code:

Set s = .Slides(X).Shapes.AddShape(msoShapeRectangle, _ 0, .PageSetup.SlideHeight - 12, _ X * .PageSetup.SlideWidth / .Slides.Count, 12) 

with the following:

Set s = .Slides(X).Shapes.AddShape(msoShapeRectangle, 0, 0, 0, 0) 

Run the macro to remove your progress bar.

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