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Thanks for your post.
At the moment I try to get my head around how the object model of PPT looks like. A big picture / overview of the objects/collections and their relation.
Then I will dive in and work with frames, shapes, themes etc.

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Enhanced the PowerPoint UDF to version 1.0. New functions will be added in the future! Comments are welcome!

I have started to rewrite the PowerPoint UDF similar to the Word, Excel and Outlook UDF. The new UDF will not be compatible with the existing one. I will add examples, documentation, a section in th

I know this UDF won't be used on a daily basis like the Excel UDF. That's why I was reluctant for quite some time to start working on it. But as it would be useful for me I now use some of my spare ti

  • Combine it / make some functions for VISIO at the same time
    especially when you make automated flowcharts from text its nice if you can have similar functions for visio and powerpoint.
  • Make clear when you just use $oPPT_App= createobject("powerpoint.application") and when to use the udf
    Is it just an abstraction UDF or does it add power over the already accessible powerpoint application
     

 

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Junkew,

thanks for your post!

  • I think Visio needs an UDF on its own. Some features might be similar but I think it is not sensible to mix PowerPoint and Visio
  • The PowerPoint UDF adds some "power" by doing error handling, setting sensible defaults and wrapping complex operations.
    _PPT_Open tries to connect to an already running instance of PowerPoint. If none exists it starts PowerPoint.

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Task Scheduler (NEW 2022-07-28 - Version 1.6.0.1) - Download - General Help & Support - Wiki

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Great :) 

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New Alpha 3 version of the UDF released.
Added function _PPT_PresentationExport: Export the whole or parts of the presentation as PDF or XPS.

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Anyone interested in a function to export slide(s) as graphics (JPG, GIF, PNG ...)?

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Fine. I'm about to write the function.

You are the graphics guru:
For exporting slides you can specify the width and/or height. The function provides a flag to preserve the width/height ratio.
If the user specifies width and height but with this values the ratio would not be preserved how would you calculate the new with/height to preserve the ratio?
Only use width and ignore height? Calculate if width or height exceed the ratio and use this value to calculte the other value? Something else?

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Outlook Tools (2019-07-22 - Version 0.6.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Wiki
PowerPoint (2021-08-31 - Version 1.5.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
Task Scheduler (NEW 2022-07-28 - Version 1.6.0.1) - Download - General Help & Support - Wiki

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I would use the width value to calculate the height value according to the ratio.

Or you can be more flexible if either width or height is zero then the other value will be calculated accordingly.

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New Alpha 4 version of the UDF released.
For details please check the download section of this forum.

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ExcelChart (2017-07-21 - Version 0.4.0.1) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts
OutlookEX (2021-11-16 - Version 1.7.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
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Outlook Tools (2019-07-22 - Version 0.6.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Wiki
PowerPoint (2021-08-31 - Version 1.5.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
Task Scheduler (NEW 2022-07-28 - Version 1.6.0.1) - Download - General Help & Support - Wiki

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If folder Presentation1 is not extisting then the script will fail to create the PNGs.

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Thanks for the feedback!
The function will create the directory now. Will be part of the next alpha.
 

; #FUNCTION# ====================================================================================================================
; Name...........: _PPT_PresentationExportGraphic
; Description ...: Export one/multiple/all slides of a presentation in a graphic format.
; Syntax.........: _PPT_PresentationExportGraphic($oPresentation[, $sPath = @ScriptDir[, $sSlide = Default[, $sFilter = "JPG"[, $bKeepRatio = True]]]])
; Parameters ....: $oPresentation - Presentation object.
;                  $sPath         - [optional] Directory where the graphics should be stored. The graphics are named Slide<n>. n is the slide number (default = keyword Default = @ScriptDir).
;                  $sSlide        - [optional] A string with the index number of the starting (and ending) slide to be exported (, separated by a hyphen) (default = Keyword Default = export all slides in the presentation).
;                  $sFilter       - [optional] The graphics format in which you want to export slides (default = JPG). See Remarks.
;                  $iScaleWidth   - [optional] The width in pixels of an exported slide (default = keyword Default = do not change the width).
;                  $iScaleHeight  - [optional] The height in pixels of an exported slide (default = keyword Default = do not change the heigth).
;                  $bKeepRatio    - [optional] If set To True the width:height ratio is preserved (default = True)
; Return values .: Success - 1.
;                  Failure - 0 and sets @error.
;                  |1 - $oPresentation is not an object or not a presentation object
;                  |2 - $sSlide is an object but not a sliderange object
;                  |3 - $sPath didn't exist and returned an error when the function tried to create it.
;                  |4 - Error occurred when exporting the presentation. @extended is set to the COM error code returned by the ExportAsFixedFormat method
;                  |5 - $sSlide is invalid. Has to be "StartingSlide-EndingSlide"
; Author ........: water
; Modified.......:
; Remarks .......: This function only supports a single range of consecutive slides.
;                  The specified graphics format must have an export filter registered in the Windows registry.
;                  You need to specify the registered extension (JPG, GIF etc.).
; Related .......:
; Link ..........:
; Example .......: Yes
; ===============================================================================================================================
Func _PPT_PresentationExportGraphic($oPresentation, $sPath = Default, $sSlide = Default, $sFilter = Default, $iScaleWidth = Default, $iScaleHeight = Default, $bKeepRatio = Default)
    Local $iStartingSlide, $iEndingSlide
    If Not IsObj($oPresentation) Or ObjName($oPresentation, 1) <> "_Presentation" Then Return SetError(1, 0, 0)
    If $sSlide = Default Then
        $iStartingSlide = 1
        $iEndingSlide = $oPresentation.Slides.Count
    Else
        Local $aSlides = StringSplit($sSlide, "-", $STR_NOCOUNT)
        Local $iValues = UBound($aSlides)
        If $iValues < 1 Or $iValues > 2 Then
            Return SetError(5, 0, 0)
        ElseIf $iValues = 1 Then
            ReDim $aSlides[2]
            $aSlides[1] = $aSlides[0]
        EndIf
        If Number($aSlides[0]) = 0 Or Number($aSlides[1]) = 0 Then Return SetError(5, 0, 0)
        $iStartingSlide = $aSlides[0]
        $iEndingSlide = $aSlides[1]
    EndIf
    If $sPath = Default Then $sPath = @ScriptDir
    If Not FileExists($sPath) Then
        If DirCreate($sPath) = 0 Then Return SetError(3, 0, 0)
    Endif
    If $sFilter = Default Then $sFilter = "JPG"
    If $bKeepRatio = Default Then $bKeepRatio = True
    If $bKeepRatio = True And ($iScaleWidth <> Default Or $iScaleHeight <> Default) Then
        Local $iRatio = $oPresentation.Pagesetup.SlideWidth / $oPresentation.Pagesetup.SlideHeight
        If $iScaleWidth = Default Then
            $iScaleWidth = $oPresentation.Pagesetup.SlideWidth * ($iScaleHeight / $oPresentation.Pagesetup.SlideHeight)
        Else
            $iScaleHeight = $oPresentation.Pagesetup.SlideHeight * ($iScaleWidth / $oPresentation.Pagesetup.SlideWidth)
        EndIf
    EndIf
    For $i = $iStartingSlide To $iEndingSlide
        $oPresentation.Slides($i).Export($sPath & "\Slide" & $i & "." & $sFilter, $sFilter, $iScaleWidth, $iScaleHeight)
        If @error Then Return SetError(4, @error, 0)
    Next
    Return 1
EndFunc   ;==>_PPT_PresentationExportGraphic

 

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The Word and Excel object model allow to set the active printer. So the UDF print functions allow to print the document/workbook on every possible printer.
In the PowerPoint object model this features is missing.
Should the PowerPoint UDF should use another way (WSH etc.) to set the active printer so the print function is similar to the Word/Excel UDF?

 

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Task Scheduler (NEW 2022-07-28 - Version 1.6.0.1) - Download - General Help & Support - Wiki

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Thanks water a lot, your UDF is so cool.

Please add some more function about VBA Macros please!

Example:

  •  _PPT_PresentationMacrosAdd : add new macros to current presentation
  •  _PPT_PresentationMacrosDelete : delete one or more macros from current presentation
  •  _PPT_PresentationMacrosRun : run a macros from text in autoit.
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Glad you like the alpha version of the UDF :)

Running a PPT macro is a one-liner. A UDF function should be a wrapper to hide complexity. So, like in all other UDFs, a _PPT_MacroRun function will not be implemented.
It is easy to code it yourself as described here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff744221(v=office.14).aspx

$oPPT.Run("Name of the macro to run")

Adding/Deleting a macro is a different game and needs to call the VBE (Visual Basic Editor): https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff744221(v=office.14).aspx
The UDF will focus on often used and basic PowerPoint functions. So I fear that VBE is out of scope as well.
But if enough people long for a VBE UDF - who knows?


 

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OutlookEX (2021-11-16 - Version 1.7.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
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Task Scheduler (NEW 2022-07-28 - Version 1.6.0.1) - Download - General Help & Support - Wiki

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Thanks water so much for quick reply.

I've read the microsoft document from your link https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff744221(v=office.14).aspx

Actually i need to add one same VBA code to a lot of presentations (the code to check if there are missing fonts in all ppt files):

Option Base 1
Sub MissingFonts()
Dim sfont As Long
Dim PresFonts() As String, MissingFonts() As String
Dim NumFontsInPres As Integer
Dim FontInstalled As Boolean, FontMissing As Boolean
NumFontsInPres = ActivePresentation.Fonts.Count
ReDim PresFonts(CInt(NumFontsInPres))
  For i = 1 To NumFontsInPres
    PresFonts(i) = ActivePresentation.Fonts(i).Name
  Next i
  Set wordapp = CreateObject("Word.document")
  With wordapp
    .Application.Visible = False
    .Parent.System.cursor = wdCursorWait
    For i = 1 To NumFontsInPres
      For Each FontName In wordapp.Application.FontNames
        If FontName = PresFonts(i) Then
          FontInstalled = True
        End If
      Next FontName
      If FontInstalled = False Then
        On Error GoTo FirstFoundMissingFont
        MissFontSize = UBound(MissingFonts())
        GoTo NoError
FirstFoundMissingFont:
        MissFontSize = 0
NoError:
        ReDim Preserve MissingFonts(CInt(MissFontSize + 1))
        MissingFonts(CInt(MissFontSize + 1)) = PresFonts(i)
      End If
    Next i
    .Parent.System.cursor = wdCursorNormal
    .Application.Quit
  End With
  Set wordapp = Nothing
  On Error GoTo EmptyArray
  If LBound(MissingFonts) = UBound(MissingFonts) Then GoTo FullArray
EmptyArray:
  MsgBox "All fonts are installed"
  Exit Sub
FullArray:
  For j = 1 To UBound(MissingFonts)
    FontList$ = MissingFonts(j) + vbCr
  Next j
  MsgBox "The following fonts are missing:" + vbCr + FontList$
End Sub

But i really don't know how, because the .Run function will call the added Macros, but not auto add a new macros.

$oPPT.Run("Name of the macro to run")
; .Run(MacroName, safeArrayOfParams)

I'm so happy if you point me the way how i could do it by myself.

 

 

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Is this a one-off job?

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Simple example to process all presentations in the script directory and write missing font names to the Console:

#include <PowerPoint.au3>
#include <Word.au3>
#include <File.au3>

Global $oPPT = _PPT_Open(False)
Global $oWord = _Word_Create(False)
Global $oWordFonts = $oWord.Application.FontNames
; .Parent.System.cursor = wdCursorWait
; .Parent.System.cursor = wdCursorNormal
; Get a list of all PPT files
$aPPT = _FileListToArray(@ScriptDir, "*.PPTX", $FLTA_FILES, True)
If @error Then Exit MsgBox($MB_ICONERROR, "Error", "No PPT-files could be found!")
For $i = 1 To $aPPT[0]
;   ConsoleWrite("Processing: " & $aPPT[$i] & @CRLF)
    $oPres = _PPT_PresentationOpen($oPPT, $aPPT[$i], Default, False)
    _ProcessPresentation($oPres)
    _PPT_PresentationClose($oPres)
Next
_Word_Quit($oWord)
_PPT_Close($oPPT)
Exit

Func _ProcessPresentation($oPres)
    Local $bFound
    For $oPPTFont In $oPres.Fonts
;       ConsoleWrite("  Processing Font: " & $oPPTFont.Name & @CRLF)
        $bFound = False
        For $oWordFont In $oWordFonts
            If $oPPTFont.Name = $oWordFont Then
                $bFound = True
                ExitLoop
            EndIf
        Next
        If $bFound = False Then ConsoleWrite("Presentation: " & $oPres.FullName & ", Font: " & $oPPTFont.Name & " is missing." & @CRLF)
    Next
EndFunc   ;==>_ProcessPresentation

 

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Outlook Tools (2019-07-22 - Version 0.6.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Wiki
PowerPoint (2021-08-31 - Version 1.5.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
Task Scheduler (NEW 2022-07-28 - Version 1.6.0.1) - Download - General Help & Support - Wiki

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Excel - Example Scripts - Wiki
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New Alpha 5 version of the UDF released.
For details please check the download section of this forum.

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OutlookEX (2021-11-16 - Version 1.7.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
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Outlook Tools (2019-07-22 - Version 0.6.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Wiki
PowerPoint (2021-08-31 - Version 1.5.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
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    • By noellarkin
      Other than different methodologies, are there any differences between the two? Does one work out to be faster or more reliable than the other when deployed at scale? I'm trying out both UDFs, was curious which method is preferred by the community.
    • By kurtykurtyboy
      GuiFlatButton is a UDF to easily create regular buttons with different colors for background, foreground, border, hover, focus, etc..
      This started as an effort to change the background color of a button and eventually grew into a full UDF.
      If you've looked around forums for changing button background colors, you have probably noticed that each proposed workaround has its own set of issues/side-effects. The answers usually circle back to 'use ownerdrawn buttons' and 'not worth it'. Well, now it is possible for anyone to easily create ownerdrawn buttons - totally worth it!
      Some issues with other workarounds such as drawing with GDI+ or using a colored label as a 'button':
      Not 'real' buttons so you lose built-in functionality that windows gives to buttons Messy / inefficient code in the main while loop to check for mouse position Slow to respond to click, paint, etc... Having to deal with GUIRegisterMsg messages Not straight-forward to implement GuiFlatButton is not a workaround; it is a technique to respond to Windows' built-in owner-drawn button events.
      With minimal effort, we can now create true simple colored buttons.
      The idea is to create an owner-drawn button using GUICtrlCreateButton then subclass the GUI and controls to handle the button-specific events to paint it however we want.
      This UDF magically does all of this for us! No need to worry about event handling or main while loop logic.
       
      How to use
      It couldn't be any easier! Simply create a new button using the familiar syntax. This creates an ownerdrawn button with default colors.
      $mybutton1 = GuiFlatButton_Create("Button 1", 78, 20, 120, 40) If you want to change the background and text colors:
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      Set background/text/border all at once
      GuiFlatButton_SetColors(-1, 0x0000FF, 0xFFFFFF, 0x9999FF) Set ALL colors for ALL button states! (normal, focus, hover, selected)
      Local $aColorsEx = [0x0000FF, 0xFFFFFF, -2, 0x4444FF, 0xFFFFFF, 0xAAAAFF, 0x6666FF, 0xFFFFFF, 0xCCCCFF, 0x0000EE, 0xFFFFFF, 0x7777EE] GuiFlatButton_SetColorsEx(-1, $aColorsEx) Set default colors to apply to any future buttons
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      ;set colors Local $aColorsEx = [0x0000FF, 0xFFFFFF, -2, 0x4444FF, 0xFFFFFF, 0xAAAAFF, 0x6666FF, 0xFFFFFF, 0xCCCCFF, 0x0000EE, 0xFFFFFF, 0x7777EE] GuiFlatButton_SetDefaultColorsEx($aColorsEx) ;create buttons $mybutton1 = GuiFlatButton_Create("Button 1", 12, 20, 120, 40) $mybutton2 = GuiFlatButton_Create("Button 2", 143, 20, 120, 40)  
      Available Functions
       
      Simple Example

      #include <GUIConstantsEx.au3> #include <MsgBoxConstants.au3> #include "GuiFlatButton.au3" Example() ;GUI with one button Func Example() Local $hGUI, $mybutton1 $hGUI = GUICreate("GuiFlatButton Ex0", 275, 120) GUISetBkColor(0x333333) Local $idLabel = GUICtrlCreateLabel("Click the button", 10, 100, 150, 30) GUICtrlSetColor(-1, 0xFFFFFF) ;create new button then set the background and foreground colors $mybutton1 = GuiFlatButton_Create("Button 1" & @CRLF & "Line 2", 78, 20, 120, 40, $BS_MULTILINE) GuiFlatButton_SetBkColor(-1, 0x5555FF) GuiFlatButton_SetColor(-1, 0xFFFFFF) GUISetState(@SW_SHOW, $hGUI) Local $i = 0 Local $iMsg While 1 $iMsg = GUIGetMsg() Switch $iMsg Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE ExitLoop Case $mybutton1 $i += 1 GUICtrlSetData($idLabel, $i) ConsoleWrite($i & @CRLF) EndSwitch Sleep(10) WEnd GUIDelete() EndFunc ;==>Example
      Menu/Toolbar Example

      #include <GUIConstantsEx.au3> #include <MsgBoxConstants.au3> #include "GuiFlatButton.au3" Example() ;Example GUI with toolbar Func Example() Local $hGUI, $idLabel, $aButtons, $iTbSize $hGUI = GUICreate("GuiFlatButton Ex2", 300, 200) GUISetBkColor(0x444444) $idLabel = GUICtrlCreateLabel("Click a button", 10, 180, 150, 30) GUICtrlSetColor(-1, 0xFFFFFF) $aButtons = createToolbar() $iTbSize = UBound($aButtons) GUISetState(@SW_SHOW, $hGUI) Local $i = 0 Local $iMsg While 1 $iMsg = GUIGetMsg() Switch $iMsg Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE ExitLoop Case $aButtons[0] To $aButtons[$iTbSize - 1] ConsoleWrite("1") GUICtrlSetData($idLabel, GuiFlatButton_Read($iMsg)) EndSwitch Sleep(10) WEnd GUIDelete() EndFunc ;==>Example Func createToolbar() Local $aButtons[6] Local $bkColor = 0x777777 Local $textColor = 0xFFFFFF Local $borderColor = 0x999999 Local $aBtnClrs[12] = [0x777777, 0xFFFFFF, $GUI_BKCOLOR_TRANSPARENT, 0x888888, 0xFFFFFF, $GUI_BKCOLOR_TRANSPARENT, 0x999999, 0xFFFFFF, $GUI_BKCOLOR_TRANSPARENT, 0x666666, 0xFFFFFF, $GUI_BKCOLOR_TRANSPARENT] For $i = 0 To UBound($aButtons) - 1 $aButtons[$i] = GuiFlatButton_Create("B" & $i, $i * 50, 0, 50, 17) GuiFlatButton_SetColorsEx($aButtons[$i], $aBtnClrs) Next Return $aButtons EndFunc ;==>createToolbar  
      Icon Example
      You can even easily add icons to your buttons -- just create a new button and send it an icon!

      #include <GDIPlus.au3> #include "GuiFlatButton.au3" Example() ;buttons with Icon images Func Example() ;get images for demonstration _GDIPlus_Startup() ;initialize GDI+ Local $hIcon = _WinAPI_ShellExtractIcon(@SystemDir & '\shell32.dll', 258, 24, 24) ;extract the 'Save' icon Local $hBitmap = _GDIPlus_BitmapCreateFromHICON($hIcon) ;Create Bitmap from Icon (for demonstration) Local $hHBitmap = _GDIPlus_BitmapCreateHBITMAPFromBitmap($hBitmap) ;Create HBitmap from Bitmap _GDIPlus_BitmapDispose($hBitmap) ;dispose the bitmap _GDIPlus_Shutdown() ;done with GDI+ Local $hGUI = GUICreate("GuiFlatButton Ex5", 255, 400) GUISetBkColor(0xEEEEEE) ;set default colors of future buttons Local $aColorsEx = _ [0xE2E5E8, 0X000000, 0x888888, _ ; normal : Background, Text, Border 0xE2E5E8, 0X000000, 0x333333, _ ; focus : Background, Text, Border 0xE8E8E8, 0X000000, 0x666666, _ ; hover : Background, Text, Border 0xDDDDDD, 0X000000, 0xAAAAAA] ; selected : Background, Text, Border GuiFlatButton_SetDefaultColorsEx($aColorsEx) ;normal button with icon $label1 = GUICtrlCreateLabel( "$BS_TOOLBUTTON -->", 5, 10) GUICtrlSetBkColor(-1, $GUI_BKCOLOR_TRANSPARENT) Local $mybutton1 = GuiFlatButton_Create("Save", 130, 5, 50, 48, $BS_TOOLBUTTON) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybutton1), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) ;align top Local $mybuttonT = GuiFlatButton_Create("Top", 5, 65, 120, 55, $BS_TOP) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonT), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) ;align top-left Local $mybuttonTL = GuiFlatButton_Create("Top-Left", 5, 125, 120, 55, BITOR($BS_TOP, $BS_LEFT)) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonTL), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) ;align top-right Local $mybuttonTR = GuiFlatButton_Create("Top-Right", 5, 185, 120, 55, BITOR($BS_TOP, $BS_RIGHT)) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonTR), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) ;align left Local $mybuttonL = GuiFlatButton_Create("Left", 5, 245, 120, 55, $BS_LEFT) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonL), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) ;align bottom Local $mybuttonB = GuiFlatButton_Create("Bottom", 130, 65, 120, 55, $BS_BOTTOM) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonB), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) ;align bottom-left Local $mybuttonBL = GuiFlatButton_Create("Bottom-Left", 130, 125, 120, 55, BITOR($BS_BOTTOM, $BS_LEFT)) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonBL), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) ;align bottom-right Local $mybuttonBR = GuiFlatButton_Create("Bottom-Right", 130, 185, 120, 55, BITOR($BS_BOTTOM, $BS_RIGHT)) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonBR), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) ;align right Local $mybuttonR = GuiFlatButton_Create("Right", 130, 245, 120, 55, $BS_RIGHT) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonR), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) GuiFlatButton_SetState($mybuttonR, $GUI_DISABLE ) ;disabled Local $mybuttonDisable = GuiFlatButton_Create("Disabled", 130, 310, 120, 55, $BS_TOOLBUTTON) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonDisable), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_BITMAP, $hHBitmap)) GuiFlatButton_SetState($mybuttonDisable, $GUI_DISABLE ) ;clean up! _WinAPI_DestroyIcon( $hIcon ) _WinAPI_DeleteObject( $hHBitmap ) GUISetState(@SW_SHOW, $hGUI) Local $iMsg While 1 $iMsg = GUIGetMsg() Switch $iMsg Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE ExitLoop EndSwitch Sleep(10) WEnd GUIDelete() EndFunc ;==>Example  
      I'm sure there are some use-cases I've forgotten, so feedback is welcome!
       
      Download the latest UDF and several more examples:
      GuiFlatButton_20220919.zip (1,121)
      Update 2022-09-19
      Added update from 05/25 back in after it was accidentally removed
      Update 2022-09-01
      Added $BS_MULTILINE button style
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      Fixed compatibility with Opt("MustDeclareVars", 1)
      Update 2022-05-25
      Fixed issue, buttons disappear when a GUI containing a child window with WS_EX_MDICHILD extended style is moved
      Update 2022-05-24
      Fixed issue releasing subclassing when GUI is deleted but program is not closed
      Fixed occasional white background flicker
      Added function GuiFlatButton_GetPos
      Update 2021-01-02
      Fixed bug, not drawing correctly after deleting GUI with GUIDelete()
      Fixed bug, changing default colors changed all buttons, even previously created buttons
      Made some internal functions more efficient
      Update 2019-04-14
      Fixed bug, not showing pressed down state when clicking rapidly
      Added Icon/Bitmap support!
      Added function GuiFlatButton_SetPos to change the position and/or size of a button
      Update 2019-02-09
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      GuiFlatButton_SetDefaultColorsEx

      Credits to:
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      LarsJ (general subclassing code)
      4ggr35510n (TrackMouseEvent example)
      binhnx (disable dragging with $WS_EX_CONTROLPARENT)
      GUIRegisterMsg in AutoIt Help (owner-draw button example)
      funkey (_WinAPI_DrawState example)
       
       
       
       
    • By t0nZ
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In no event will the authors be held liable for any ; damages arising from the use of this software. ; #INCLUDES# =================================================================================================================== ; #include-once #include <AutoItConstants.au3> ; =============================================================================================================================== ; #VARIABLES# =================================================================================================================== ; Global Global $7za_exe = @ScriptDir & "\" & "7za.exe" ; =============================================================================================================================== ; #CURRENT# ===================================================================================================================== ; _EXEC7za ;_UNcompress_7za ;_COMpress_7za_7z ;_COMpress_7za_zip ; =============================================================================================================================== ; #FUNCTION# ==================================================================================================================== ; Name ..........: _EXEC7za ; Description ...: launch 7Za.exe with params and returns exit codes ; Syntax ........: EXEC7za($7zCommands, $archive, $folder[, $show]) ; Parameters ....: $7zCommands - 7zip command line params ; $archive - complete path to the archive ; $folder - the source/destination folder ; $show - optional set the state of 7za console visibility, default @SW_HIDE, ; other values as ShellExecuteWait() ; Return values .: 1 - Success ; 0 - and set @error = 1 ; and ; @extended = 1 (Warning (Non fatal error(s)) ; @extended = 2 (Fatal error) ; @extended = 7 (Command line error) ; @extended = 8 (Not enough memory for operation) ; @extended = 255 (User stopped the process) ; @extended values set by 7za.exe exit codes ; Author ........: NSC ; Modified ......: 2022/05/13 ; Remarks .......: requires 7za.exe in @scriptdir, 7za.exe (7-Zip Extra: standalone console version) ; Thanks to 7-zip.org ; Related .......: ; Link ..........: ; Examples .......: compress a folder recursive with subfolders ; EXEC7za("u -mx4 -bt", c:\folder1\archive.7z", c:\folder1\folderTOcompress\ ) ; uncompress the same folder recursive ; EXEC7za("x -aoa -bt -r", "c:\folder1\archive.7z", "-oc:\folder2\") ; =============================================================================================================================== Func _EXEC_7za($7zCommands, $archive, $folder, $show = @SW_HIDE) Local $return7za = ShellExecuteWait($7za_exe, $7zCommands & ' "' & $archive & '" "' & $folder & '"', '', $SHEX_OPEN, $show) Select Case $return7za = 0 Return 1 Case Else Return SetError(1, $return7za, 0) EndSelect EndFunc ;==>_EXEC_7za ; #FUNCTION# ==================================================================================================================== ; Name ..........: _UNcompress_7za ; Description ...: launch 7Za.exe with preset params to uncompress an archive (.7z or .zip recursively) and returns exit codes ; Syntax ........: _UNcompress_7za($archive, $folder[, $show]) ; Parameters ....: $archive - complete path to the archive ; $folder - the source/destination folder ; $show - optional set the state of 7za console visibility, default @SW_HIDE, ; other values as ShellExecuteWait() ; Return values .: 1 - Success ; 0 - and set @error = 1 ; and ; @extended = 1 (Warning (Non fatal error(s)) ; @extended = 2 (Fatal error) ; @extended = 7 (Command line error) ; @extended = 8 (Not enough memory for operation) ; @extended = 255 (User stopped the process) ; @extended values set by 7za.exe exit codes ; Author ........: NSC ; Modified ......: 2022/05/19 ; Remarks .......: requires 7za.exe in @scriptdir, 7za.exe (7-Zip Extra: standalone console version) ; Thanks to 7-zip.org ; Related .......: ; Link ..........: ; =============================================================================================================================== Func _UNcompress_7za($archive, $folder, $show = @SW_HIDE) Local $return7za = ShellExecuteWait($7za_exe, "x -aoa -bt -r" & ' "' & $archive & '" -o"' & $folder & '"', '', $SHEX_OPEN, $show) Select Case $return7za = 0 Return 1 Case Else Return SetError(1, $return7za, 0) EndSelect EndFunc ;==>_UNcompress_Folder_7za ; #FUNCTION# ==================================================================================================================== ; Name ..........: _COMpress_7za_7z ; Description ...: launch 7Za.exe with precompiled params to compress in .7z format ;a single file, a filtered (*.pdf) bunch of files or a folder (recursively) and returns exit codes ; Syntax ........: _COMpress_7za_7z($archive, $folder[, $show [, $compLvl]] ) ; Parameters ....: $archive - complete path to the archive ; $folder - the source file(s) / folder ; $show - optional set the state of 7za console visibility, default @SW_HIDE, ; other values as ShellExecuteWait() ; $CompLvl - optional compression level (1-9) default 4 ; Return values .: 1 - Success ; 0 - and set @error = 1 ; and ; @extended = 1 (Warning (Non fatal error(s)) ; @extended = 2 (Fatal error) ; @extended = 7 (Command line error) ; @extended = 8 (Not enough memory for operation) ; @extended = 255 (User stopped the process) ; @extended values set by 7za.exe exit codes ; Author ........: NSC ; Modified ......: 2022/06/22 ; Remarks .......: requires 7za.exe in @scriptdir, 7za.exe (7-Zip Extra: standalone console version) ; avoids re-compress of popular archives. ; Thanks to 7-zip.org ; Related .......: ; Link ..........: ; =============================================================================================================================== Func _COMpress_7za_7z($archive, $folder, $show = @SW_HIDE, $CompLvl = 4) If StringRight($folder, 4) = ".zip" Or StringRight($folder, 3) = ".7z" Or StringRight($folder, 4) = ".rar" Or StringRight($folder, 4) = ".lha" Or StringRight($folder, 3) = ".gz" Or StringRight($folder, 7) = ".tar.gz" Or StringRight($folder, 4) = ".iso" Then $CompLvl = 0 EndIf Local $return7za = ShellExecuteWait($7za_exe, 'u -mx' & $CompLvl & ' -mmt -bt' & ' "' & $archive & '" "' & $folder & '"', '', $SHEX_OPEN, $show) Select Case $return7za = 0 Return 1 Case Else Return SetError(1, $return7za, 0) EndSelect EndFunc ;==>_COMpress_7za_7z ; #FUNCTION# ==================================================================================================================== ; Name ..........: _COMpress_7za_zip ; Description ...: launch 7Za.exe with precompiled params to compress in zip format ; a single file, a filtered (*.pdf) bunch of files or a folder (recursively) and returns exit codes ; Syntax ........: _COMpress_7za_zip($archive, $folder[, $show [, $compLvl]] ) ; Parameters ....: $archive - complete path to the archive ; $folder - the source file(s) / folder ; $show - optional set the state of 7za console visibility, default @SW_HIDE, ; other values as ShellExecuteWait() ; $CompLvl - optional compression level (1-9) default 4 ; Return values .: 1 - Success ; 0 - and set @error = 1 ; and ; @extended = 1 (Warning (Non fatal error(s)) ; @extended = 2 (Fatal error) ; @extended = 7 (Command line error) ; @extended = 8 (Not enough memory for operation) ; @extended = 255 (User stopped the process) ; @extended values set by 7za.exe exit codes ; Author ........: NSC ; Modified ......: 2022/06/22 ; Remarks .......: requires 7za.exe in @scriptdir, 7za.exe (7-Zip Extra: standalone console version), ; avoids re-compress of popular archives. ; Thanks to 7-zip.org ; Related .......: ; Link ..........: ; =============================================================================================================================== Func _COMpress_7za_zip($archive, $folder, $show = @SW_HIDE, $CompLvl = 9) If StringRight($folder, 4) = ".zip" Or StringRight($folder, 3) = ".7z" Or StringRight($folder, 4) = ".rar" Or StringRight($folder, 4) = ".lha" Or StringRight($folder, 3) = ".gz" Or StringRight($folder, 7) = ".tar.gz" Or StringRight($folder, 4) = ".iso" Then $CompLvl = 0 EndIf Local $return7za = ShellExecuteWait($7za_exe, 'u -tzip -mx' & $CompLvl & ' -mmt -bt' & ' "' & $archive & '" "' & $folder & '"', '', $SHEX_OPEN, $show) Select Case $return7za = 0 Return 1 Case Else Return SetError(1, $return7za, 0) EndSelect EndFunc ;==>_COMpress_7za_zip You have to provide 7za.exe, in scriptdir in some way, maybe with a fileinstall or embedding in some way. 
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      Also I made a quick and dirty benchmark on some real world data (for me at least) , comparing the windows DLL, the zip ULTRA by 7zip and the various 7zip levels.

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    • By sandgre
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      I've been trying to resurrect some programming skills from a past life. I'm working through various tutorials and help files, with the goal of recreating the toolbar in AutoIt.  I'm really needing some help to move things along though.  I've been going through your PowerPoint UDF and all of your functions seem to just relate to editing the slides. Can you point me in the direction of how to create a toolbar that accesses the annotation tools that are available during the slideshow itself? 
       
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