Changing Character Color

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 14, 2016)

5

Imagine that you are developing a document that uses text colors to signal special meanings to the reader. For instance, you may use red text to indicate what the user should type. If you are developing a document in which you use color within your text, it can be a real bother to use the menus over and over again to change text colors. In such an instance, it is helpful to have a macro that modifies the color automatically. You can assign the macro to a key combination or a toolbar button so you don't have to use the menus. The following macro changes the color of the currently selected text to red.

Sub MakeRed()
    If Selection.Type = wdSelectionNormal Or _
      Selection.Type = wdSelectionBlock Then
        Selection.Font.ColorIndex = wdRed
    Else
        Beep
    End If
End Sub

If you want to use a different color besides red, change the color assignment made in the macro. (Just change the constant wdRed to the desired color.) VBA allows you to use constants to represent colors. There are seventeen different color numbers available:

Number Text Color Word Constant
0 Auto wdAuto
1 Black wdBlack
2 Blue wdBlue
3 Cyan wdTurquoise
4 Green wdBrightGreen
5 Magenta wdPink
6 Red wdRed
7 Yellow wdYellow
8 White wdWhite
9 Dark Blue wdDarkBlue
10 Dark Cyan wdTeal
11 Dark Green wdGreen
12 Dark Magenta wdViolet
13 Dark Red wdDarkRed
14 Dark Yellow wdDarkYellow
15 Dark Gray wdGray50
16 Light Gray wdGray25

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (253) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Changing Existing Highlighting

Need to change the color you previously used to highlight text in your document? You can use Word's Find and Replace tool to ...

Discover More

Activating the Formula Bar with the Keyboard

Hate to take your hands off the keyboard while working on a worksheet? Here's one way to activate the Formula Bar without the ...

Discover More

Automatically Moving from Cell to Cell when Entering Data

As you enter data in a worksheet, you may want to have Excel automatically move from cell to cell based on the length of what ...

Discover More

Create Custom Apps with VBA! Discover how to extend the capabilities of Office 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access) with VBA programming, using it for writing macros, automating Office applications, and creating custom applications. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2013 today!

MORE WORDTIPS (MENU)

Fonts Don't Work in Word on New System

When you upgrade from a system with an older version of Word to a system that has a newer version, your fonts may not work in ...

Discover More

Embossing Text

Word can make your text look as if it has been embossed on the page.

Discover More

Understanding Underlines

Part of the formatting you can add to your text is underlining. That simple word (underlining) represents quite a few ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments for this tip:

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is three minus 1?

2016-01-06 16:42:09

Brian Henderson

I want to know how to program and run macros in Word. Is there anything out there that shows me how to do that?


2015-12-04 06:50:40

Stanley Gooch

The macro for Changing Character Color is very helpful but demonstrating my lack of knowledge, how would you modify it so that having changed the underlined text to red it then changes back to standard black for the following text?


2015-07-15 04:55:27

Khaled

I have a table, i want to color a background cell with a red color without highlighting the contents just when positioning the cursor in the cell.

Thanks


2015-07-01 03:51:58

Des Lavender

Thanks for this. I tried to record a macro but no code appeared. Frustrating. Oh, and I don't like the way you can no linger customise the button image.


2014-11-27 01:02:38

Anish

This helped. Thanks!


This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.

Links and Sharing