Extract text from SmartArt
The SmartArt object model is read-only which
means that it is possible to iterate through the shapes and their properties but
one cannot assign any values or properties. The way to do it is to treat the
SmartArt as a regular group.
oSh As Shape
Dim oSubShape As Shape
Dim x As Long
Set oSh =
If .Type = msoSmartArt Then
For x = 1 To .GroupItems.Count
While the above example is expected to work it fails to do so
in cases where your goal is to extract all the text or hyperlinks on that
SmartArt because some bugs have crept in the object model. The way to get around
this issue is to extract the shapes within the SmartArt and then extract all the
info from the regular shapes.
This subroutine accepts the smartart shape and the slide on
which it resides. It will create a duplicate slide with shapes of the smartart.
We will use that new slide to extract the slide text and then delete the slide.
Function UngroupSA(oSAShp As Object, oSASld As
Slide) As Slide
On Error GoTo UngroupSA_Err
Dim oSldCopy As Slide
Dim sShpArray() As
Dim I As Long
If oSAShp.Type = msoSmartArt Or _
(oSAShp.Type = msoPlaceholder And _
oSAShp.PlaceholderFormat.ContainedType = msoSmartArt) Then
Set oSldCopy = oSASld.Duplicate(1)
If oSldCopy.Shapes.Count > 0 Then oSldCopy.Shapes.Range.Delete
ReDim sShpArray(1 To oSAShp.GroupItems.Count)
For I = 1 To oSAShp.GroupItems.Count
sShpArray(I) = I
Set oShp = oSldCopy.Shapes.Paste(1)
Set UngroupSA = oSldCopy
Call MsgBox(Err.Description & "in UngroupSA " & "at line " & Erl)
Dim oSld as
Set oSld =
oSld Is Nothing then
'Extract text from shapes on
this slide and then delete the slide. Left as exercise.
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