Using Documotor bindings in PowerPoint

This section will guide you through binding transformed data to your PowerPoint templates. Formatting and inserting bindings into presentations differs from the approach in Microsoft Word, but many of the bindings will be familiar to a user that's already worked with Word recipes in Documotor. After all, a lot of the same data is inserted in both programs.


Bindings in PowerPoint, just like in Word, consist primarily of the binding type and the binding key. However, the format and the insertion methods differ, since PowerPoint doesn't support Content controls. This is the general format:


or, for the bindings that define a property of a piece of text or a section of the presentation, like links, text color or visibility:

<<BindingType:BindingKey> TextToBeModified <OptionalText>>.

Notice that the part that starts the binding ends with a single >, and the part that ends the binding starts with a single >. It's good practice to use OptionalText to repeat the BindingType. When using multiple bindings, it can be difficult to keep track of which one ends where.

Binding types

The bindings in PowerPoint are placed in either the Section name, the alternative text of a shape or the slide directly, with optional use of the Notes pane. The placement depends on the type of binding. This differs from Word since Content controls are not supported in PowerPoint.

We'll also split the bindings into those groups since they also serve similar function. The slide bindings will usually edit some portion of text or its properties, the shape bindings will do something similar with shapes instead of text, as well as insert images and charts, and the section bindings manage entire slides and sections.

Here's an overview of all bindings, per type: