I find it easier to use an external macro program to do automated mods to PPT slides than to use the built-in macros. I'm definitely not a VBA wizard. Copy keystroke macros tend to do just what I need. But ... there is one area that is defeating me. When I bring up the 'Format Placeholder' dialog, I cannot control which tab comes up active. I can move from tab to tab but, unless I know which one came up first, I cannot depend on the macro doing what I want. Is there a keystroke that will take me to the first tab or some other solution?