Slide Tools

Lock Slides

Macabacus provides two ways to prevent selected slides' contents from being edited. Lock Slides 1 moves each slide's contents to its layout, producing a result that exactly mirrors the original slide, but allows users proficient in Slide Master view to manipulate slide contents there. Lock Slides 2 converts each slide to an image, providing the best protection against changes, but may result in slight visual differences from the original slide. Slide numbering is not affected with either method. To lock slides, select the slides you want to lock and click the desired button under the Macabacus > Slides > Lock Slides button.

Send to End

Move selected slides to the end of the presentation by clicking the Macabacus > Slides > Send to End button, or by right-clicking on selected slides in the slide thumbnails pane and clicking the Send to End button. This is helpful in moving slides to the "graveyard" section of a presentation.

Remove Unused Layouts

Remove all unused layouts and slide masters in this presentation to reduce file size. You should generally run this tool only after the presentation is finalized and you are sure you no longer require unused layouts. This tool is accessed from the Macabacus > Slides menu.

Rename Slide

Some Macabacus tools and interfaces default to using slide names when slide titles are absent. PowerPoint provides no way to rename slides natively, so use this tool, accessed from the Macabacus > Slides menu, to rename slides if needed.

The Macabacus Pagination tool inserts blank slides as necessary to ensure that (a) section flysheets print on the front of pages (duplex printing, only), and (b) designated facing slides print on the back of pages prior to printing a presentation. The tool can also adjust slide numbering, as required.

This tool is particularly useful to have a printed and bound presentation feature certain complimentary slides as facing one another. Using Macabacus to insert intentionally blank slides, as needed, will ensure your facing page preferences are honored.

The Finalise Pagination dialog, accessed by clicking the Macabacus > Slides > Finalise Pagination button gives complete control over your pagination preferences. You can opt for the following appearances of your presentation:

  • Duplex Appearance – Insert blank slides as needed to ensure that (a) section flysheets optionally print on the front of pages, and (b) facing slides always print on the back of pages when the presentation is printed duplex (two-sided).
  • Simplex Appearance – Presentation is printed duplex (two-sided), but blank slides are inserted to print on the back of pages to give the appearance of simplex (one-sided) printing, except where facing slides must print on the back of pages instead.

Facing slides can be designated within this dialogue (or alternatively by clicking Macabacus > Slides > Mark as Facing Slide), by clicking the plus icon in the top right corner of each slide’s preview image. Facing slides are clearly labeled with a red marker, and section flysheets (duplex printing, only) are similarly labeled with a blue marker.

You can also select your preferences with regards to slide numbers by (a) opting to start numbering at 1, regardless of the actual slide number, and (b) opting for sequential numbering, so that slide numbers are not skipped, even if slides do not have slide number placeholders.

Upon clicking Finalize, Macabacus will prompt you to save a new copy of the presentation. Macabacus will then do so, saving a finalised, print-ready, copy to the same folder containing the active presentation.

Slide numbers that have been manually adjusted (by an add-in or a user) will not update automatically, as slides are added to and removed from a PowerPoint presentation. This tool fixes this problem, restoring the automatic updating of all slide numbers in a presentation.

This documentation refers to the latest Macabacus version. Some features and descriptions of these features may not apply to older versions of Macabacus. Update your Macabacus software to take advantage of the latest features.

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