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5 Really Useful Text Macro Shortcuts in ProShow

Using Text Macros in ProShow

Have you ever wanted to display details about an image on the screen while your slideshow plays back? Using Text Macros, this can be done in just a few clicks!

In ProShow, Text Macros are shortcuts that make it faster and easier to insert a caption that features details about an image.

The most commonly used macro types are the Predefined Macros. You can use these to insert the name of the file, the date the photo was taken, the slide number and so on. Symbol Macros are also quite popular. These come in handy when adding captions that feature a copyright notice, foreign currency values, or letters using an umlaut or tilde.

Using Text Macros in ProShow

To Add a Text Macro in ProShow Gold or ProShow Producer:

  1. Double-click on the slide that contains the image you’d like to add the text macro to.
  2. In the Slide Options dialog, click on the plus (+) icon to add a new caption, then click the ‘+ macro’ button on the right of the screen.
  3. Here you’ll see options for adding a text macro. Everything from file name to current slide number. Select your option and hit ‘Add + Close’.
  4. To access Symbol Macros, click the ‘Macro Types’ drop down menu and select ‘Symbol Macros’.
  5. To make a text macro automatically appear on every slide in your show, right click on the text macro in the Captions List and select ‘Global Show Caption’. This will make your text macro appear on every slide automatically.

Using Text Macros in ProShow

5 Useful Text Macro Shortcuts in ProShow:

Another way to add a text macro to a slide is to type in the Caption Macro shortcut. By typing a few characters into the caption field, the text macro will automatically appear! Below are 5 useful Text Macro shortcuts to quickly add information to a slide.

  1. File Name: Type ‘\f‘ in the caption field and your photo’s file name will automatically appear on your slide.
  2. Current Slide Number: Type ‘\p‘ in the caption fieled and ProShow will display the current slide number on your slide.
  3. Copyright Symbol: Type ‘\0169‘ in the caption field and ProShow will display a copyright symbol on your slide.
  4. File Date: Type ‘\t‘ in the caption field and ProShow will display the date the photo was taken.
  5. Current Date: Type ‘\T‘ in the caption field and the current date will be displayed on your slide.

Have you ever used Text Macros in a slideshow? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!




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