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: Adding Quotes.

Adding Quotes

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 7, 2016)

Normally, you add quote marks to your text as you type. There may be times, however, when you want to add the quote marks at a later time. For instance, while editing your document you may select some text and then want quote marks added around the selected text. You can accomplish this task with the following macro:

Sub AddQuotes()
    Dim sBegQ As String
    Dim sEndQ As String

    If Options.AutoFormatAsYouTypeReplaceQuotes Then
        sBegQ = Chr(147)
        sEndQ = Chr(148)
    Else
        sBegQ = Chr(34)
        sEndQ = Chr(34)
    End If

    Selection.InsertBefore sBegQ
    Selection.InsertAfter sEndQ
End Sub

The macro determines the proper type of quote marks to use, based on whether you have Word's SmartQuotes turned on or not. The proper quotes are then placed before and after the selection.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9) 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: Adding Quotes.

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