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: Reversing Type.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 11, 2015)
There may be a time when you want to "reverse" the type in a particular paragraph. For instance, you may want the paragraph to show as white text on a black background. This can be done easily using either menus or toolbars. If you want to do it in one easy step, however, you can use this VBA macro:
Sub Reverse() Selection.StartOf Unit:=wdParagraph, Extend:=wdMove Selection.MoveEnd Unit:=wdParagraph Selection.ParagraphFormat.Shading.BackgroundPatternColorIndex = wdBlack Selection.Font.ColorIndex = wdWhite End Sub
All you need to do is place the insertion point somewhere within the paragraph, and then run the macro. As with most any macro, you can assign it to a toolbar button or a shortcut key so you can use it quickly.
Of course, the only real reason to use a macro such as this is if you don't use styles and templates for your documents. If you do, then you should accomplish the same functionality by simply defining a style that shows the paragraph in "reverse" type. Whenever you apply the style, the paragraph appears in the desired format.
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