Localizing PPT Notes - is there a quick way?

Apr 11, 2011

I need to localize my project into 6 different languages, besides English, including Japanese, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, and German.

I understand how to change the appearance of the player so its localized/regionalized in the different languages.

What I'm wondering is if there's a fast way to modify the PPT presentation to include the localized/regionalized notes after they've been translated by our translation team - without having to manually cut and paste the translated notes onto each and every slide for each and every translated version.

In other words - is there an easy way to export the English notes and then import the translated notes?



3 Replies
Paul Kornman

Putting the Articulate conversion to the side, you can use VBA  (Visual Basic for Applications) to switch the notes text for PowerPoint slides.

It involves using the "NotesPage.Shapes(2).TextFrame.TextRange" property for each slide.

If you (or someone you know who might help) is familiar with VBA, I would suggest keeping an Excel file as a mini-database that for example has the slide number in column 1, the English text in Column 2, the Japanese text in Column 3, etc.

The VBA could prompt for a number (or pushbutton to get fancier) and take all the slides in the currently Active Presentation and set the text of the notes based on the specified column.

It's not easy, but it would be fast once it's set up.

If you just want to dump the current notes to a text file (without using Powerpoint's export to Word feature), try this VBA code: http://pptfaq.com/FAQ00481.htm

Good luck.

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