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Insert custom smartart programmatically

If you have download additionaly smartarts from or other sources and wondering how to insert them programmatically into your deck then it is not too difficult.

First double-check that the custom GLOX file is located in the %appdata%\Microsoft\Templates\SmartArt Graphics folder. This ensures that the smartart appears in the PowerPoint UI as well as in the smartart layout collection in the object model. The example below retrieves my custom smartart - Dotted List and inserts it into the slide.

Supported versions: PowerPoint 2010+

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Sub InsertCustomSmartArt()
Dim oSlide As Slide
Dim oSmartArtLayout As SmartArtLayout
Dim oSmartArt As SmartArt

Set oSlide = ActivePresentation.Slides(1)
Set oSmartArtLayout = GetLayoutByName("List Dots")

If Not oSmartArtLayout Is Nothing Then
    Set oSmartArt = oSlide.Shapes.AddSmartArt(oSmartArtLayout).SmartArt        
    'Manipulate the SmartArt
    oSmartArt.Nodes(1).TextFrame2.TextRange = "Sample"
    MsgBox "Could you locate the Smart Art layout", vbExclamation
End If
End Sub
Function GetLayoutByName(SmartArtName As String) As SmartArtLayout
Dim I As Long

For I = 1 To Application.SmartArtLayouts.Count
    If LCase(Application.SmartArtLayouts(I).Name) = LCase(SmartArtName) Then
        Set GetLayoutByName = Application.SmartArtLayouts(I)
        Exit Function
    End If
End Function


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