by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 3, 2016)
In previous issues of WordTips you learned how to use a macro to convert numbers to words. For instance, you can convert 123 to one-hundred twenty-three. The previous incarnations of this macro were limited to numbers below one million. In this version, the ante has been upped a thousand times--this version of the VBA macro will successfully convert numbers up to 999,999,999.
Sub BigCardText() Dim sDigits As String Dim sBigStuff As String sBigStuff = "" ' Select the full number in which the insertion point is located Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdWord, Count:=1, Extend:=wdMove Selection.MoveRight Unit:=wdWord, Count:=1, Extend:=wdExtend ' Store the digits in a variable sDigits = Trim(Selection.Text) If Val(sDigits) > 999999 Then If Val(sDigits) <= 999999999 Then sBigStuff = Trim(Int(Str(Val(sDigits) / 1000000))) ' Create a field containing the big digits and ' the cardtext format flag Selection.Fields.Add Range:=Selection.Range, _ Type:=wdFieldEmpty, Text:="= " + sBigStuff + " \* CardText", _ PreserveFormatting:=True ' Select the field and copy it Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdWord, Count:=1, Extend:=wdExtend sBigStuff = Selection.Text & " million " sDigits = Right(sDigits, 6) End If End If If Val(sDigits) <= 999999 Then ' Create a field containing the digits and the cardtext format flag Selection.Fields.Add Range:=Selection.Range, _ Type:=wdFieldEmpty, Text:="= " + sDigits + " \* CardText", _ PreserveFormatting:=True ' Select the field and copy it Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdWord, Count:=1, Extend:=wdExtend sDigits = sBigStuff & Selection.Text ' Now put the words in the document Selection.TypeText Text:=sDigits Selection.TypeText Text:=" " Else MsgBox "Number too large", vbOKOnly End If End Sub
You should understand that to use the macro, all you need to do is place the insertion point anywhere within the number you want to convert. You need to make sure, however, that the number does not contain extraneous information, such as dollar signs or commas. When you run BigCardText, the macro checks to see if the selected number is over one million. If it is, it first works on the portion above one million, converting it to words. Then, the value below one million is converted. The final, full wording is put together and pasted back into the document, ready for use.
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