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Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Determining If a Number is Odd or Even.
A common programming task is validating user input. Often, you may need to determine if a number entered by a user is odd or even. For instance, suppose you wrote your own macro that asked the user what page number of the document they wanted to process. If your macro had to process odd and even pages differently, then you need to figure out if the number the user provided was odd or even. The technique for this is relatively simple, as shown here:
Even = (UserNum Mod 2) - 1
After execution of this line, Even will be True (-1) if UserNum was even, or False (0) if UserNum was odd.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1114) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Determining If a Number is Odd or Even.
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