In today’s video, we will look at a scenario where you have a company logo placed in your PowerPoint presentation. This logo shows up on all sides. In addition to the company logo, you also have a product logo on some slides. This profusion of logos makes some corporate bosses very happy but there’s a downside. What if you have slide content that’s large and fills up the entire area? Or what if you have a detailed chart and the logo covers up the chart legend?
In scenarios such as these, you may want to remove the logo. However, this is easier said than done. Why? Because at times, you may need to get the logo back! Yes, this sounds strange, but life can be confusing, and you may have to balance between the two approaches of having a logo and not having one. Fortunately, you can hide the logo in PowerPoint. This approach lets you unhide the logo as needed. However, the issue here is that this constant hiding and unhiding is going to take so much time. What do you do if you have 40 or 50 slides? Or even worse, do you need something of this sort to be done for multiple presentations?
There must be an easy way and that’s exactly what we are talking about in today’s video. In today’s video, we look at a small free PowerPoint add-in created by Jamie Garroch of BrightCarbon that’s called Logo Toggle.
About Logo Toggle
Geetesh: What is the user profile of someone who according to you, will use your Logo Toggle add-in for PowerPoint?
Jamie: As presenters, we’re constantly battling the requests of the marketing and/or legal team who want to stamp the brand identity all over the place and the needs of audiences who need well-designed slides, clean of all unnecessary clutter. Add to that the inevitable ask of “can we have a printout of your slides?” where the logo may identify the source and potentially the copyright owner and you have quite a conundrum.
At its heart, this teeny weeny free add-in is a bit of a magician… “Now you see me, now you don’t”. Want to see your logo everywhere? Click the button. Want to hide it everywhere? Click it again. Pretty simple. Pretty powerful. PowerPoint automation via a sprinkling of VBA to help you be more productive.
You can download Logo Toggle from the BrightCarbon site. Unzip the downloaded file and copy the PPAM file to a location on your system.
Installation is easy. You access PowerPoint’s Backstage view by clicking the File menu and then choosing Options. In the resultant dialog box, choose the Add-ins tab. In the Manage drop-down list, make sure you select PowerPoint add-ins, and then click the Go button. Doing so brings up the Add-ins window. Now, click the Add New button and browse to the folder where your Logo Toggle PPAM file has been saved. Select this file and click OK. If you see the Microsoft PowerPoint Security Notice window, click the Enable Macros button. Back in the Add-ins window, click the Close button, and you will see a new Logo tab on the Ribbon. This tab has four options. Let us explore the last two options now, and we will explore the other two as we demo the add-in later in this video.
Clicking the Help button brings up a small informative window that explains what the Toggle Visibility button does. It also mentions that “An object is considered to be a logo file if the name in the Selection Pane contains the word ‘logo’ (case insensitive)” We will access the Selection Pane and look at object names later. For now, let’s dismiss this window and click the About button. Doing so lets you know that this add-in was created by BrightCarbon, and it also offers you to open their site if you click the Yes button. We already visited their site to download the Logo Toggle add-in, so for now, let’s just say No.
Now, look at this presentation which has a few slides, and you will notice a company logo at the bottom left and a different product logo at the bottom right. Typically, the logos live in the Slide Master and not on individual slides but for reasons of simplicity, I have retained these logos on the actual slides. Of course, you can follow the same process using the Slide Master. In fact, if all your logos are only in the Slide Master, hiding them will be so much easier because you will have to do it only in one place but you will often come across scenarios where people will place logos or individual slides and that’s a scenario that we are trying to replicate.
Let’s now select the company logo on one of the slides and access the Selection Pane. The keyboard shortcut to bring up the selection pane is Alt + F10. Click the Alt + F10 keyboard shortcut again to hide the Selection Pane. Another way to access the Selection Pane is by accessing the Home tab of the Ribbon, and clicking on the Select button. In the ensuing drop-down list, choose Selection Pane.
With a company logo selected, you can see that the Selection Pane calls it logotea. If it was named something else, such as XYZ company, then you will have to rename it within the Selection Pane. To do so, you select the item within the Selection Pane and click, and then type in a new name. It’s the same with the product logo, which in our case is named logogreentea. With both these logos, the word logo is contained in the names. We also have both these logos on several other slides in this presentation.
To hide all logos in the entire presentation you can click on the Toggle Visibility button within the Logo tab of the Ribbon and instantly all logos will be hidden if the word logo is contained within the names of the slide objects to hide, as can be seen in the Selection Pane. You can see a canceled eye icon to indicate that the slide object is hidden in the Selection Pane.
Want all the logos back? All you need to do is click on the Toggle Visibility button again and all logos instantly come back. The canceled eye icon is replaced by the visible eye icon in the Selection Pane.
So, what do you do if you manually hid some logo icons and left others visible? What if you want all of them to be visible again? The simple answer is that you need to press the Reset button in this case and visible logos will continue to be visible, and all hidden logos will also be visible.
Hopefully, this video helped you overcome any issue with hiding and unhiding logos. If you want to learn more PowerPoint and presenting skills, do subscribe to our channel. Also, do comment and share your thoughts. Have a safe and rewarding day.