Add bullet list using python pptx

When working with Python and the pptx library, you may come across the need to add a bullet list to your PowerPoint presentation. In this article, we will explore three different ways to achieve this.

Option 1: Using the `python-pptx` library

The `python-pptx` library provides a convenient way to create and modify PowerPoint presentations programmatically. To add a bullet list, we can use the `python-pptx` library’s `TextFrame` and `Paragraph` classes.

from pptx import Presentation

# Create a new presentation
presentation = Presentation()

# Add a slide
slide = presentation.slides.add_slide(presentation.slide_layouts[0])

# Add a text box to the slide
text_box = slide.shapes.add_textbox(left=100, top=100, width=400, height=300)
text_frame = text_box.text_frame

# Add a bullet list
bullet_list = ['Item 1', 'Item 2', 'Item 3']
for item in bullet_list:
    p = text_frame.add_paragraph()
    p.text = item
    p.level = 0

# Save the presentation'bullet_list.pptx')

This code snippet creates a new PowerPoint presentation, adds a slide, and then adds a text box to the slide. It then iterates over a list of items and adds each item as a paragraph with a bullet point.

Option 2: Using a PowerPoint template

If you have a pre-existing PowerPoint template with a bullet list layout, you can use the `python-pptx` library to populate the bullet list with your desired content.

from pptx import Presentation

# Load the PowerPoint template
presentation = Presentation('template.pptx')

# Get the slide with the bullet list layout
slide = presentation.slides[0]

# Get the text box with the bullet list
text_box = slide.shapes[0].text_frame

# Add a bullet list
bullet_list = ['Item 1', 'Item 2', 'Item 3']
for item in bullet_list:
    p = text_box.add_paragraph()
    p.text = item
    p.level = 0

# Save the modified presentation'modified_template.pptx')

This code snippet loads a pre-existing PowerPoint template, selects the slide with the bullet list layout, and then adds the desired content to the bullet list.

Option 3: Using a PowerPoint macro

If you have a PowerPoint macro that generates a bullet list, you can execute the macro from Python using the `pyautogui` library.

import pyautogui
import time

# Open PowerPoint and run the macro
pyautogui.hotkey('win', 'r')
pyautogui.hotkey('alt', 'f8')'enter')

# Wait for the macro to finish

# Save the modified presentation
pyautogui.hotkey('ctrl', 's')

This code snippet uses the `pyautogui` library to open PowerPoint, run a macro, and save the modified presentation. The macro should be written in PowerPoint’s VBA language and should generate the desired bullet list.

After exploring these three options, it is clear that the best option depends on your specific requirements and constraints. If you need full control over the presentation creation process, Option 1 using the `python-pptx` library is the way to go. If you have a pre-existing template and want to populate it with content, Option 2 is a good choice. Finally, if you already have a PowerPoint macro that generates the desired bullet list, Option 3 allows you to execute the macro from Python.

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9 Responses

    1. Well, if you want to present an amateurish and unprofessional image, then sure, dont bother with a PowerPoint template. But for those who value quality and want to make a lasting impression, investing a little time in selecting a template is definitely worth it.

    1. Option 3 with macros? Seriously? Its like relying on a crutch instead of mastering the skill. Option 1 offers more versatility and control. Dont be lazy, embrace the challenge! 💪🔥

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