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Moving Through a Table in a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 7, 2013)

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There may be times when you want to move the insertion point from cell to cell in a table. (Under the control of your macro, of course). If you are developing a VBA macro, this is done with the Move method, in the following manner:

Selection.Move Unit:=wdCell, Count:=1

In this case, the insertion point moves forward by one cell. If you want to instead move backward, just change the value used for Count:

Selection.Move Unit:=wdCell, Count:=-1

In either case, the insertion point moves to the beginning of the next or previous cell. When moving forward, the insertion point moves left to right, top to bottom through a table. If moving backward, the movement is from right to left, bottom to top. When the beginning or end of the table is reached, the command has no further effect.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (801) 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: Moving Through a Table 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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2015-11-10 00:04:48

JoonYoung Kim

I'm from Korea. It was a great help.

Even someone far away from you like me is getting help from your valuable sharing.

Thank you so much!

Wish you good luck everything you do.


2014-08-28 03:15:33

Patrick LEBLANC

A big Thank you for this tip, it brings a very simple and easy to understand explanation of the "Move" function.
I had spent a lot of time trying to understand MSDN examples, with no success (with wdword, wdunit, and so on).
Now I'm saved!


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