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.

Reversing Type

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 11, 2015)

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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.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (612) 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: Reversing Type.

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. ...

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2017-09-29 23:39:23

Trevor Bellinger

I'm keen to use as many macros as I can but you fail to show those of us who are not familiar with the process of creating macros from scratch, exactly how to do this. Being a tutor myself to mature-aged students, I find that I need to provide them with clear & detailed instructions otherwise they cannot complete the tasks without them being closely supervised. Please provide us with a WordTip showing us how, (from the very basics), to create some macros.For example, inserting our address block on a letter fully formatted, inserting a heading in your document, (say) 15 point size font, bold and underlined, using (say) Algerian font, in red coloured font etc, placing a (say), fancy border around each of your pages in a document , adding your own logo and "catch-phrase" at the top of each document etc. I'm an avid reader of your WordTips but I think that they would be better- received if your instructions on how to use them were simplified.


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