Monday, June 25, 2018

PowerPoint Game Not Working? How to Enable Macros

If Bingo Master Board PLUS, Flashcards for PowerPoint, or Wheel of Fortune for PowerPoint doesn't work for you, chances are that macros and/or active content are disabled. Macros are the code that let these games keep score, randomize values, and much more.

Fortunately, Microsoft has handy guides to help you enable them.


Macros won't run on PowerPoint Viewer, PowerPoint Online, or PowerPoint Mobile.



With all the security alerts, it's natural to feel cautious about macros. Fortunately, you don't have to trust me because all my VBA (the programming language for macros) is open source.

To view the VBA code:

PowerPoint 2010 or newer (Windows)
  • Click the File tab -> Options
  • In the Customize Ribbon section, check Developer.
  • With the new Developer tab that appears, click Visual Basic.

PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
  • Click the PowerPoint menu -> Preferences
  • In the Ribbon section, check Developer under Customize.
  • With the new Developer tab that appears, click Editor.

PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
  • Click the Tools menu -> Macro -> Visual Basic Editor
If you don't see the Visual Basic Editor, you may need to update Office with Microsoft AutoUpdate.

Feel free to inspect to your heart's content!


If the PowerPoint game still has problems, and you know for sure macros are enabled, please leave a comment on the game's blog post. Make sure to describe what specifically doesn't work and your version of PowerPoint. If possible, video footage will help me troubleshoot more effectively. Thanks!

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