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: Inserting Text with a Macro.

Inserting Text with a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 10, 2019)

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Inserting text is a common occurrence in macros. You may need the macro to insert numbers, do some standardization on wording, or some other text insertion. The following VBA code lines each insert a different type of text:

Selection.TypeText Text:="this text"
Selection.TypeText Text:=MyText
Selection.InsertParagraph

Each of the three lines inserts something at the current insertion point. The first line inserts everything between the quote marks, the second inserts the value of the MyText variable, and the third inserts a paragraph mark (an empty line).

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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 (1406) 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: Inserting Text with 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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What is 1 + 1?

2021-04-20 05:22:10

Peter

I can't solve the following problem: I need to find and then move a piece of text using VBA. The text is formatted (fragments are marked with italic).

How do I do it:

footText = Selection.Text
...
[another] Selection.Text = footText

Of course, only text is transferred. Is it possible to transfer the formatting in the found text as well?


2016-04-17 06:59:36

Ken Endacott

Mike,
This should do what you want.

Sub LeftAndRight()
Dim leftString As String
Dim rightString As String
Dim printWidth As Single
With ActiveDocument.PageSetup
printWidth = .PageWidth - .LeftMargin - .RightMargin - .Gutter
End With

loopback:
leftString = InputBox("Text to the left")
If leftString = "" Then Exit Sub
rightString = InputBox("Text to the right")
If rightString = "" Then Exit Sub
Selection.TypeText leftString & Chr(9) & rightString
With Selection.Paragraphs(1).TabStops
.ClearAll
.Add Position:=printWidth, _
Alignment:=wdAlignTabRight, Leader:=wdTabLeaderSpaces
End With
Selection.TypeText vbCrLf
GoTo loopback
End Sub


2016-04-17 00:37:56

Mike

I would like to type text left aligned, then type different text right aligned, on the same line, from VBA. Do you know how to do that?

Thanks,
Mike


2015-10-07 00:15:49

sunwukong

I have text like this aaa bbb ccc U+21d73

I would like to be able to search thru the text and copy the 21d73 part and a trailing space just after the U+21d73 part and then insert the 21d73 part and then highlight only that part and once selected reveal / convert it to a Chinese Character (CTRL+X). Then loop back to find the next U+ character code.


2015-09-09 14:05:00

Bill

Well, this used to work great for word 2010 to insert standard comments into a work comment field. Now with 2013, this is, of course, broken. "the typetext method or property is not avaialble because the current selection is editing a non editable portion of the reviewing pane" which is a complete piece of bunk; it *is* editing the editable portion of the reviewing pane, as evidenced by my typing into it. More de-contented SW from the people who thoguht nausea-inducing cursors were more useful than macros. Arrgh


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