“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”
Could it be? Have we unlocked the power of Thor in PowerPoint?
Although we may sometimes be prone to exaggeration and hyperbole…who says we can’t be Thors in PowerPoint, with our almighty Hammer Tool?!
Okay, in all seriousness, the Hammer Tool is a PowerPoint add-in created by Steve Rindsberg of PPTools.com, and it’s a MUST-HAVE tool we wish we’d found out about years ago!
In this post, we’ll show you how to:
- Download and install the StarterSet add-in (which includes the Hammer Tool)
- Trouble-shoot any installation issues
- Uninstall the StarterSet add-in
To see how to use the Hammer Tool, check out our other post on how to align objects between your slides.
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Step #1: Download the Add-In
Note: You need the‘.htm’ or the ‘.html’ at the end of the respective links to work.
Once on Steve’s site you can see all of the different add-ins you can download. You want to scroll down the page until you see the StarterSet add-in, that’s the free pack that the Hammer Tool is a part of.
Step #2: Install the Add-In
With the StarterSet file downloaded (it should be in the downloads folder on your computer), open the ‘StarterSet.Exe’ file to begin the installation.
Note: PowerPoint needs to be closed during this process for the installer to work. Simply click your way through the dialog boxes, as demonstrated below. You also need to have the 32-bit installation of Office. The 64-bit version is not supported with this add-in.
Step #3: Open Up PowerPoint
With the add-in installed, open up PowerPoint and look for the ADD-INS tab in your Ribbon. If you click on it, you should see all of the different tools, including the Hammer Tool, there in your Ribbon.
The two tools be aware of are the Memorize Position command:
And the Hammer command:
To see the Hammer Tool in action, check out our other post on how to align objects between your slides.
If you followed along but DON’T see all of these commands, you will want to double-check your macro security settings, which is the next part of this post 🙂
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If you’ve installed the add-in but don’t see it on your Ribbon, you will want to quickly double-check your PowerPoint macro security settings.
I’ve created the picture tutorial below for doing so, based on FAQ instructions on Steve Rindsberg’s website.
Step #1: Navigate to Your File Menu Options
For PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 users, navigate to the File tab (for PowerPoint 2007, click the office button). In the File menu select Options.
Step #2: Open Up the Trust Center
Step #3: Make Adjustments within the Trust Center
Within the Trust Center settings dialog box, make the following adjustments:
#1. Add-ins – Uncheck all of the boxes
#2. Macro Settings – Select “Disable all macros except digitally signed macros”
#3. Message Bar – Select “Show the Message Bar in all applications…”
#4. File Block Settings (2010 users only) – Uncheck all boxes for the add-in file types.
Step #4: Double-Check PowerPoint
With the macro settings adjusted, the commands should be back in place. If the commands are still not there, try the following steps:
Option #1: First try closing and re-opening PowerPoint, this might solve the problem
Option #2: Try re-installing the add-in, see Part 1 above
Option #3: Uninstall the add-in (see below steps) and then re-install the add-in
Option #4: Check out the other troubleshooting steps on Steve’s website
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You shouldn’t ever need this step, but I thought I would include it anyway.
If for whatever reason you want to uninstall the free add-in, it comes with its own uninstaller, which is located on your computer at this address: C:\Users\Public\Documents\PPTools
Step #1: Navigate to that File Location
On your computer, navigate to the file location: C:\Users\Public\Documents\PPTools
Note: In the picture below, the ‘Documents’ file on my computer is actually called ‘Public Documents’
Step #2: Run the StarterSet Uninstaller
Within the PPTools folder, you want to select ‘uninstall’ which will launch a dialog box and remove the StarterSet, including the Hammer Tool (you’ll miss it), from your computer, and that’s it.
Once the add-in is uninstalled, you can re-install it again at any time following the instructions in Part 1.
P.S. Microsoft warns against installing 64-bit Office 2010 unless you really need it. It’s an older article, but you will catch the drift. Unless you know you specifically need it, you shouldn’t install it, period.
See more of Microsoft’s thoughts here.