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[Feature request] [Slides] Maintain selection order of elements/shapes for Google Apps Script 0 Recommended Answers 0 Replies 2 Upvotes
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Use case

We currently have a PowerPoint Addin that we want to bring to Google Slides.

For important functions we rely on the fact that in PowerPoint we can access the elements/shapes selected by the user in the order that the user selected them.

Problem

The ordering of elements in App Script is not guaranteed to be the order of selection of elements/shapes by the user.

if(selection.getSelectionType() == SlidesApp.SelectionType.PAGE_ELEMENT) {
  var pageElements = selection.getPageElementRange().getPageElements();
  // we expect pageElements to be ordered in the way the user selected the elements
}

We expect (and this is what we get from PowerPoint) that the elements are ordered the way they were selected by the user.

What happens if not implemented

You will lose the battle against Microsoft in the Online Office world.
Seriously, implement this. It should be a quick win.

If for some SelectionTypes the order does not make sense, then skip it.
At least we should preserver the order of basic elements like PAGE_ELEMENT.
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