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* New version with easy to use button control to make the pages *

This PowerPoint file speeds up the creation of eye gaze communication frames:

  • you can quickly add in up to eight pictures with text - per page - around a central area which you will cut out when printed out;
  • you only need to create the pages as they will be viewed by the communicator;
  • if you will want a cell to refer to another page - so if the communicator looks at that cell, their communication partner should turn to another page - you just enclose the text of the cell in square brackets and have the same text as the title of another page;
  • when you are finished, you can run a "macro" which automatically creates a version of the pages for printing:
  • - extra pages are automatically created which will face the communication partner;
  • - the pages are correctly ordered to make a book (or alternatively for stand-alone pages); - page numbers are added to the communication partner's side;
  • - directions as to which page to turn to are also added to the communication partner's pages - where gazing to a cell means go to another page.

Full instructions are included in the file. To run - double click on the file that you downloaded to create a new presentation. Tested on PowerPoint in Windows only. More information on how to use this file:


Neil Thompson Thu, 21/07/2016 - 10:17

Updates/to do

Added title text box to the top of the slide text box.

During editing, hyperlinks that you previously entered may change and link to the wrong pages - using the title box to name slides *might* stop this happening. Still need to work out when this problem occurs.

Set the script that you run to make pages for printing so that it removes the hyperlinks.

Neil Thompson Fri, 22/07/2016 - 08:53


Hyperlinks between slides will get corrupted if you copy and paste slides - they will end up pointing to the wrong slide. Whether or not you give slides your own title makes no difference. This is all to do with how PowerPoint stores hyperlinks and there isn't any way around it.

Proposed solution

In the proposed solution, you no longer add hyperlinks at all. Instead, if you want a cell to link to another page, enclose the text in square brackets, e.g. [Activities], you should also have a page where the title box is "activities" (case does not matter). The macro will be updated so that text in square brackets will be automatically converted to links - and the square brackets removed - if there is a page to link to with the appropriate title.

You will need to make sure that pages have unique titles - if there is more than one page with the same title, then the macro will choose the first page with a title matching the text.

An alternative version of this PowerPoint template could be created for making direct access communication pages (e.g. using a touch screen).

Neil Thompson Mon, 25/07/2016 - 13:19

Re: Hyperlinks

The latest version no longer relies on PowerPoint hyperlinks to create links (and therefore instructions for page turning). You just need to add titles to pages (clicking on the box at the top centre of the page) and enclose text under a cell which should link to that page in square brackets. E.g. if the page is called "Jokes" then you could have a cell on another page with "[jokes]" underneath it.

Neil Thompson Wed, 03/08/2016 - 09:42

Page turn instructions (linking pages)

When you want to create a page jump instruction, you can now show text in the cell which is different from the title of the page you should turn to.
[food] - displays "food" on the page, and displays a page turn instruction to the page with the title "food";
[food|I want to eat] - displays "I want to eat" on the page (everything after the "|"), and displays a page turn instruction to the page with the title "food" (everything before the "|".

Neil Thompson Thu, 20/10/2016 - 17:15

Picture cell

Changed picture placeholder to content placeholder - adding a picture using a content placeholder fits the whole picture into the placeholder without cropping it: you just need to click on the picture icon when adding a picture or picture symbol.

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