Smart PowerPoint Exporter

Exports Matlab figures to PowerPoint. Fixes formatting directly in PowerPoint to allow easy editing.
Updated 18 Feb 2011

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This program exports a Matlab figure to PowerPoint and converts it into a group of PowerPoint objects. It then edits various object properties directly in PowerPoint, such that the figure can be easily modified without disrupting appearance, alignment, etc.

Program features:
(See Screenshot for summary)

- Exports using an added button on the Matlab toolbar or using command line code.

- Applies proper alignment and anchoring to all axis labels, tick labels and text boxes, such that they don't become misaligned following figure resizing or font changes in PowerPoint.

- Identifies logarithmic and scientific notation axes and applies superscripts in PowerPoint. This prevents the splitting of each superscripted label into two text boxes, which occurs during standard copy-pasting into PowerPoint.

- Converts each TEX-formatted textbox into a single properly formatted PowerPoint textbox. This prevents the splitting of TEX boxes into multiple objects. Converts all special TEX characters to Unicode.

- Removes unnecessary background color/outline objects that result from standard copy-pasting and instead edits these PowerPoint features directly.

- Combines pieces of each trace into a single PowerPoint group object to allow easy editing.

- Allows exporting object-dense parts of the figure as bitmaps, while leaving other parts in editable metafile format.

- Allows specifying the image resolution of both metafile and bitmap figure parts.

- Allows specifying the PowerPoint slide to which the figure is exported.

- Allows specifying the size and position of the exported figure.

- Allows grouping objects for speed and bulk-editing in PowerPoint.

Cite As

Dmitriy Aronov (2024). Smart PowerPoint Exporter (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2010a
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux

Inspired by: saveppt

Inspired: Colormouse

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Version Published Release Notes

- Added options for exporting figure/axis background colors - Added bitmap exporting option - Added image resolution properties - Added full support for TEX formatting - Corrected minor bugs

Fixed minor bug during scientific axis exporting

Corrected documentation/acknowledgement typos

Improved speed, better documentation, fixed TEX exporting bug, added some optional exporting properties.