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Understanding the Designs Object

PowerPoint 2002 introduces something that has been requested for a long time - support for multiple templates within the same presentation. Time to do away with earlier workarounds to simulate the same in 97/2000. With the introduction of multiple masters, how does one access the multiple templates? The new Designs collection helps you to iterate thru each template within the presentation and the Design object stores information about the template. A Design object consists of a slide master and/or a title master. The Designs collection will always consist of one Design object having a slide master.

Note: PowerPoint 2007 introduces the new CustomLayouts object which changes the implementation of masters in PowerPoint 2007 - Understanding Custom Layouts.


'An example to enumerate the Designs available in the presentation.

Sub EnumDesigns()
    Dim lCtrA As Integer
    Dim oPres As Presentation
    Set oPres = ActivePresentation
    With oPres
        Debug.Print "Number of applied templates: " & .Designs.Count
        For lCtrA = 1 To .Designs.Count
            Debug.Print "Template Design name: " & .Designs(lCtrA).Name
            Debug.Print vbTab & "Slide master name: " & .Designs(lCtrA).SlideMaster.Name
            If .Designs(lCtrA).HasTitleMaster Then
                Debug.Print vbTab & "Title master name: " & .Designs(lCtrA).TitleMaster.Name
                Debug.Print vbTab & "No Title master present"
            End If
        Next lCtrA
    End With
End Sub

Designs can be added in one of the following ways:

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