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This is a collection of frequently asked questions about PowerPointPipe. 

Questions

Q. How can I use PowerPointPipe on a SharePoint site?

A. Map your SharePoint site as a network drive.

Q. How do I disable AutoRun macros while I run PowerPointPipe?

A. PowerPointPipe does this for you.

Q. I get the message "Access to code modules disallowed. See the help file under Code Modules security"

A. See here

Q. How do I search inside Text boxes?

A. Check the 'Shapes' Look In location.

Q. What EasyPattern wildcards can I use?

Note: EasyPattern wildcards (reference) are only available inside plain text fields, such as hyperlink addresses, OLE links and document properties.

Purpose Find What and Replace With terms
Extract filename from a URL and add a new server and path

Input:

http://intranet.gotafe.vic.edu.au/teaching/course/electro/technology.doc
http://intranet.gotafe.vic.edu.au/teaching/shortcourse/plumping/pipes.doc

Output:

http://newintranet.gotafe.vic.edu.au/documentlibrary/technology.doc
http://newintranet.gotafe.vic.edu.au/documentlibrary/pipes.doc

Find what:

[ lineStart, 1+chars, '/', capture(longest 1+ not '/' ), lineEnd ]

Replace with:

http://newintranet.gotafe.vic.edu.au/documentlibrary/$1

Extract filename and part of a path from a UNC server path and add a new server and path

Input:
  \\oldserver\share_name\teaching\course\electro\technology.doc
  \\oldserver\share_name\teaching\shortcourse\plumping\pipes.doc

Output:

  \\newserver\new_share_name\teaching\course\electro\technology.doc
  \\newserver\new_share_name\teaching\shortcourse\plumping\pipes.doc

Find what:

[ lineStart,
'\\',
capture( atomic(longest 1+ not '\' )) as 'server',
'\',
capture( atomic(longest 1+ not '\' )) as 'share',
'\',
capture( atomic(longest 1+ chars)) as 'path',
'\',
capture( atomic(longest 1+ not '\' )) as 'filename',
lineEnd ]

Replace with (note doubling of \):

\\\\newserver\\internal\\teaching\\$3\\$4

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Q. What perl regex wildcards can I use?

Note: perl regex wildcards (reference) are only available inside plain text fields, such as hyperlink addresses, OLE links and document properties.

Purpose Find What and Replace With terms
Extract filename from a URL and add a new server and path

Input:

http://intranet.gotafe.vic.edu.au/teaching/course/electro/technology.doc
http://intranet.gotafe.vic.edu.au/teaching/shortcourse/plumping/pipes.doc

Output:

http://newintranet.gotafe.vic.edu.au/documentlibrary/technology.doc
http://newintranet.gotafe.vic.edu.au/documentlibrary/pipes.doc

Find what:

  ^.+/([^/]+?)$

Replace with:

  http://newintranet.gotafe.vic.edu.au/documentlibrary/$1

Extract filename and part of a path from a UNC server path and add a new server and path

Input:
  \\oldserver\share_name\teaching\course\electro\technology.doc
  \\oldserver\share_name\teaching\shortcourse\plumping\pipes.doc

Output:

  \\newserver\new_share_name\teaching\course\electro\technology.doc
  \\newserver\new_share_name\teaching\shortcourse\plumping\pipes.doc

Find what:

^\\\\([^\\]+)\\([^\\]+)\\(.+)\\([^\\]+)$

Replace with:

\\\\newserver\\internal\\teaching\\$3\\$4

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Q. Why does PowerPointPipe occasionally appear to hang?

A. This occurs when Microsoft PowerPoint is trying to display a dialog box, such as for a missing linked document (note: PowerPointPipe does NOT pause for missing passwords. If you have not specified the correct password, these files are logged for manual handling). Simply press [Alt+Tab] to get to Microsoft PowerPoint, then clear the dialog box. Once this is done, PowerPointPipe will resume at normal speed.

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