Manage Placeholder

Change Text in Placeholder

Using Aspose.Slides for C++, you can find and modify placeholders on slides in presentations. Aspose.Slides allows you to make changes to the text in a placeholder.

Prerequisite: You need a presentation that contains a placeholder. You can create such a presentation in the standard Microsoft PowerPoint app.

This is how you use Aspose.Slides to replace the text in the placeholder in that presentation:

  1. Instantiate the Presentation class and pass the presentation as an argument.
  2. Get a slide reference through its index.
  3. Iterate through the shapes to find the placeholder.
  4. Typecast the placeholder shape to an AutoShape and change the text using the TextFrame associated with the AutoShape.
  5. Save the modified presentation.

This C++ code shows how to change the text in a placeholder:

// The path to the documents directory.
const String outPath = u"../out/ReplacingText_out.pptx";
const String templatePath = u"../templates/DefaultFonts.pptx";

// Loads the desired the presentation
SharedPtr<Presentation> pres = MakeObject<Presentation>(templatePath);

// Accesses the first slide
SharedPtr<ISlide> slide = pres->get_Slides()->idx_get(0);

// Accesses the first and second placeholder in the slide and typecasts it as an AutoShape
SharedPtr<IShape> shape = slide->get_Shapes()->idx_get(0);
SharedPtr<AutoShape> ashp = ExplicitCast<Aspose::Slides::AutoShape>(shape);

SharedPtr<ITextFrame> textframe = ashp->get_TextFrame();

textframe->set_Text(u"This is Placeholder");
// Saves the presentation to disk
pres->Save(outPath, Aspose::Slides::Export::SaveFormat::Pptx);

Set Prompt Text in Placeholder

Standard and pre-built layouts contain placeholder prompt texts such as Click to add a title or Click to add a subtitle. Using Aspose.Slides, you can insert your preferred prompt texts into placeholder layouts.

This C++ code shows you how to set the prompt text in a placeholder:

const System::String templatePath = u"../templates/Presentation2.pptx";
auto pres = System::MakeObject<Presentation>(templatePath);
auto slide = pres->get_Slides()->idx_get(0);

for (auto& shape : slide->get_Shapes())
    if (shape->get_Placeholder() != NULL)
        System::String text = u"";
        if (shape->get_Placeholder()->get_Type() == PlaceholderType::CenteredTitle) // When there is no text in it, PowerPoint displays "Click to add title". 
            text = u"Click to add title";
        else if (shape->get_Placeholder()->get_Type() == PlaceholderType::Subtitle) // Does the same thing for subtitle.
            text = u"Click to add subtitle";
        System::Console::WriteLine(u"Placeholder : {0}", text);

pres->Save(u"../out/Placeholders_PromptText.pptx", Aspose::Slides::Export::SaveFormat::Pptx);

Set Placeholder Image Transparency

Aspose.Slides allows you to set the transparency of the background image in a text placeholder. By adjusting the transparency of the picture in such a frame, you can make the text or the image stand out (depending on the text’s and picture’s colors).

This C++ code shows you how to set the transparency for a picture background (inside a shape):

auto presentation = System::MakeObject<Presentation>();
auto autoShape = presentation->get_Slides()->idx_get(0)->get_Shapes()->AddAutoShape(Aspose::Slides::ShapeType::Rectangle, 10.0f, 10.0f, 100.0f, 100.0f);
auto fillFormat = autoShape->get_FillFormat();

auto pictureFillFormat = fillFormat->get_PictureFillFormat();