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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: Examining Tracked Changes in a Macro.
If you need to develop a macro to process a document in which changes have been tracked (using the Track Changes feature), you may wonder how you can determine the number of changes in the document and how you can look at each of the changes, programmatically. It isn't that tough to do if you remember that the changes are organized in using the Revisions collection. This means that you can determine the number of changes using this code:
iNumChanges = ActiveDocument.Revisions.Count
Just like any other collection, you can step through each member of the Revisions collection and figure out various information about the change represented in the member. While the details of what properties and methods belong to the Revisions collection is much too voluminous for this tip, you can determine the type of each change by looking at the Type property, in this manner:
vChange = ActiveDocument.Revisions(1).Type
At this point vChange will be equal to one of 14 possible revision types. These revision types can be referenced by the built-in constants wdNoRevision, wdRevisionDelete, wdRevisionInsert, wdRevisionParagraphProperty, wdRevisionReconcile, wdRevisionSectionProperty, wdRevisionStyleDefinition, wdRevisionConflict, wdRevisionDisplayField, wdRevisionParagraphNumber, wdRevisionProperty, wdRevisionReplace, wdRevisionStyle, and wdRevisionTableProperty.
Additional information can be found in Word's Help system or by searching the Internet for the phrase "revisions collection".
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (8914) 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: Examining Tracked Changes in a Macro.
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