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Workarea:: Free add-in for PowerPoint

This free add-in is a PowerPoint implementation for the Work menu that is available within Microsoft Word. You can learn more about the Word Work menu here. It is an extremely useful feature set in Word which ought to have been available across all Office apps. Since it's not available, this is an add-in to emulate it.

Treat Workarea menu as the frequently used set of presentations at your fingertips. You can add any active presentation which is stored on the disk to the Workarea menu. The last added presentation is always available as the topmost presentation in the list.


Version Supported

PowerPoint 97 or later.


Click here (zip)

Installation Instructions :

1. Extract the contents of the zip to a folder.
2. Launch PowerPoint.
3. Click on
Tools | Add-ins to bring up the add-ins window.
4. Click on Add to bring up the 'Add New PowerPoint Add-in' dialog box.
5. Navigate to the folder where the contents of the zip file was extracted and select 'workarea.ppa' and click on OK.
6. You might be prompted with the macro virus warning. Enable the macros. When the Add-in is properly loaded, it will display a 'X' against the add-in name.
7. That's it. You have successfully loaded the add-in. Now put it to use.


Note: If you are unable to load the add-in check your macro security setting.




To add a presentation to the Workarea menu.

1. Open the presentation.

2. Click Workarea | Add to Workarea menu.


To remove a presentation from the Workarea menu.

1. Click Workarea | Remove from Workarea menu...

2. Select the presentations you wish to remove from the Workarea menu.

3. Click on OK.


Note: Removing them from the list does not delete the presentations from the disk.


Display short paths

1. Click Workarea | Show truncated paths.


To open a presentation from the list.

1. Click Workarea and the presentation to open.

If the presentation window is already open it will activate that window else it will open the presentation in a new window.



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