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: Running Macros from Macros.

Running Macros from Macros

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 6, 2018)

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There may be times that you need to run a macro from within a macro using VBA. For instance, suppose you have a macro that creates a new document based on a template, and then runs a macro in that template. This is a relatively straightforward task; one way to handle it is to use the .Run method of the Application object. The command line to use this approach would be as follows:

Application.Run MacroName:="MyMacro"

Provided that there is no ambiguity on the macro name (there are no other macros in any open document or template with the same name), this approach will work just fine. A more elegant solution would be to specify the unambiguous name of the macro, as described in this tip.

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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 (1390) 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: Running Macros from Macros.

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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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2018-03-11 18:26:35

kate

Hi Allen! I need to create a macro that includes the action of another keyboard shortcut. How to do this?

So, for example, I create a macro that includes text (which I will type), then executes an action associated with a previously associated keyboard shortcut. My actual scenario uses the "insert" key, which I've reprogrammed to insert a timestamp pulled from a program I'm simultaneously running. The "insert" shortcut works just fine (it's a combo of "copy from program X and paste in Word document at my cursor), but it won't work when I include "insert" key in the macro. All it does is paste the last-copied timestamp. I don't know where the code for Word keyboard shortcuts lives so I can't just paste that code into the macro code. But I know there's got to be an easy way to do this. If you or anyone reading this can help, I (and probably a bunch of other transcriptionists) would be ecstatic. Thanks! --Kate


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