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How to resolve MS Visual Basic File Not Found err

by larendaniel

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PowerPoint is an extensively used presentation program, which comes bundled with the Microsoft suite of applications. It is loaded with features and tools which help you create extraordinary presentations in less time. You can use macros to automate a tedious and repetitive task. At times, you may encounter problem accessing the content of a PowerPoint presentation containing macros. This could happen if the file becomes corrupt due to abrupt system shutdown, application malfunction, power fluctuations or corrupt code in macros. To resolve the issue, it becomes important to recover PowerPoint presentation by employing various strategies chalked out by Microsoft. If this doesn't work, you must use the backup copy of the presentation file to access the data. However, if no backup is available or no strategy works, then immediately opt for a third-party Powerpoint repair software.

Consider a scenario, wherein,you select a slide from either the Slide sorter or Outline views and then click Copy on the Edit menu, you may receive the following error message:

"Microsoft Visual Basic

File Not Found"

As a result of the above error message, you are unable to copy the slide.


The above behavior is seen if your presentation contains at least one macro, and the code in that macro is corrupt. This causes presentation file to become corrupt, resulting in data inaccessibilty.


In order to fix the problem and remove the macros from the affected presentation, you must try the following PPT recovery steps:

  • Save the presentation in an earlier format

  1. Open the presentation which displays symptoms

  2. Go to File menu, click Save As

  3. Type a new name in the File Name box

  4. If you are using a Windows version of PowerPoint, then click PowerPoint 95 on the Save As Type list. If you are using a Macintosh version, click PowerPoint 4.0 presentation on the Save As Type list.

  5. Click Save

  6. Close the affected presentation and open the new copy

This particular method has its own share of advantages and disadvantages. While advantage being it is easy to use, the disadvantage is that if you presentation contains elements (animation, transition effects, gradients etc) which are not supported in the earlier version of PowerPoint, those elements can change.

Alternatively, in order to recover presentation successfully, you must download a professional ppt repair software from the Internet. Such tools repair corrupt presentations in an efficient manner and restores all their components.

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