How to Make the Next Slide Random in PowerPoint

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Microsoft PowerPoint makes it simple to build everything from professional presentations to multimedia kiosk exhibits. However, even with all of the built-in features, PowerPoint does not have a random slide command. You must use Visual Basic to make the next slide random in PowerPoint. The simplest method is to create an action button that will run a macro that calls for a random slide. Likely applications for this type of macro include games and picture slideshows.

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Office 2007 or later

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    Do the Initial Setup

  1. 1

    Launch Microsoft PowerPoint from the "Start" menu.

  2. 2

    Open the slideshow you want to use with the random slide macro.

  3. 3

    Click on the Office symbol to open the menu.

  4. 4

    Click "PowerPoint Options" and navigate to the "Trust Center."

  5. 5

    Click the "Trust Center Settings" button, and click the radio button to "Disable all macros with notification." Click "OK" to return to the PowerPoint Options window.

  6. 6

    Click "Popular" and verify that "Show Developer Tab in the Ribbon" is enabled. Click "OK" to return to the presentation.

    Create the Visual Basic Macro

  1. 1

    Press "Alt" + "F11" to open the Visual Basic Editor.

  2. 2

    Click "Insert" and choose "Module."

  3. 3

    Copy and paste the code below into the editor window.

    Sub sort_rand()

    ActivePresentation.SlideShowWindow _
        .View.GotoSlide Int(Rnd * _
        ActivePresentation.Slides.Count) + 1

    End Sub

  4. 4

    Press "Alt" + "Q" to save the macro and return to the presentation.

    Create the Action Button

  1. 1

    Click the "Insert" tab and then the "Shapes" button.

  2. 2

    Click on the desired shape under the "Action Buttons" heading at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

  3. 3

    Click on the work area, and drag the shape to the desired size.

  4. 4

    Click the radio button beside "Run macro" in the dialogue box that appears, and select the "sort_rand" macro you created earlier. Click "OK."

  5. 5

    Press "Ctrl" + "C" with the button selected to copy it to the clipboard.

  6. 6

    Click on the next slide in the left pane.

  7. 7

    Press "Ctrl" + "V" to paste the button into the slide. Repeat this for each slide in the presentation.

  8. 8

    Press "F5" to begin the slideshow from the first slide.

  9. 9

    Click on the button you created to make the next slide a random slide. Every time you click on the button, the PowerPoint macro will select a random slide to display.

Tips and warnings

  • You can turn any object into a button by selecting it and clicking "Action" under the "Insert" tab.

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