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: Selecting a Bookmark in a Macro.

Selecting a Bookmark in a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 14, 2015)


You can select the text or document location referenced by a bookmark very easily with a macro. For instance, let's say you had a bookmark named MyBkMark, and you wanted to select the text it represents. The following code fragment will do the trick:


You should note that the above will only work if you know the name of the bookmark. If you don't know a particular bookmark's name, you can use an index offset instead, as follows:


When this code line is executed, the bookmark represented by index 3 is selected, regardless of the name. Another alternative, of course, is to retrieve the name of the defined bookmarks and then use them within your code.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (799) 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: Selecting a Bookmark in a Macro.

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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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2015-11-16 08:38:42


I made a template with Checkboxes that hide/show certain tables with fill in content controls. IN my tmeplate the boxes work perfect and hide and show the bookmarked tables they refer to. But when I open a new document from the template, there seems to be nologic to what bookmarked tbale opens. For instance CheckMarkNew opens TableTools.
I even looked to make sure the book mark still took me to the correct table and it does.

What do you think the problem is?

here is an example of the code:

Private Sub CheckBoxNew_Click()

Bookmarks("NewTable").Range.Font.Hidden = CheckBoxNew.Value = False

End Sub

2014-12-12 05:01:54


Hi Allen,

I would like to know if there is a limit in bookmarks numbers ? At the moment, there is a problem with one of my Word 2010 macro. Use to now, until 402 bookmarks, it was ok. But, beyond 402 bookmarks, there's a bug in execution.

Regards from France,


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