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Getting Bookmark Information in VBA

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: Getting Bookmark Information in VBA.

Assuming the insertion point is located within a bookmark, John wonders how he can use VBA to discover the name of that bookmark and to select all the text within the bookmark.

There are a couple of tricks to keep in mind when working with bookmarks. First, it is best not to assume that the insertion point is within a bookmark. Instead, you can verify if it is within a bookmark by using the following code:

BkMkCount = Selection.Bookmarks.Count

When executed, BkMkCount will contain a value indicating the number of bookmarks. If you are expecting only a single bookmark, then you can verify that the variable is equal to 1 before you proceed with your code.

If you want to figure out the name of the bookmark, then you can use the following:

BkMkName = Selection.Bookmarks(1).Name

If you then want to select all the text in the bookmark, use the following:

Selection.Bookmarks(1).Select

To bring all these concepts together you can use a structure such as the following:

BkMkCount = Selection.Bookmarks.Count
If BkMkCount = 1 Then
    With Selection.Bookmarks(1)
        BkMkName =.Name
        .Select
    End With
End If

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (6557) 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: Getting Bookmark Information in VBA.

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Comments for this tip:

Sirajeddine    24 Jun 2015, 10:56
Hello,

I am copying tables from Excel to word and pasting them as metafile pictures.

I have 2 questions here:

1) How to resize the pictures to fit the page in word (A4) ?

2) How to add headers including bookmarks to these picures: for example above the first picture I want to have the text: Table 1 : Age

above the second picture I want to have the title: Table 2 : Location, ...etc

Many thanks in advance.
Ron    11 Sep 2014, 14:46

Sub Is_Bookmark()
BkMkCount = Selection.BookMarks.Count
If BkMkCount = 1 Then
    With Selection.BookMarks(1)
        BkMkName = .Name
        .Select
        MsgBox BkMkName
    End With
    Else
    MsgBox "Bookmark is empty"
End If

End Sub
kem    07 May 2014, 06:54
Hi, thank you for this code. But what if the cursor is not within a bookmark.
How can I handle that?

Kem
 
 

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