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Checking for a Text Selection Length

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated September 28, 2019)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


There are numerous times when you are writing macros when you will need to determine if the user has made a selection. There are numerous ways you can do this in a macro. The following code illustrates one possible method for accomplishing this in VBA. It sets the value of a flag, InSelection, to True if there is currently a selection. Otherwise InSelection is set to False.

InSelection = False
If Len(Selection) > 0 Then InSelection = True

The technique used here relies on the fact that if a selection has been made, it will have a length. This length is returned by the Len function of VBA.

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WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (740) 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: Checking for a Text Selection Length.

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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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