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Inserting a Paragraph from within a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 27, 2020)

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It is not unusual to use macros to insert new text within a document. One of the common pieces of text you may want to enter is a paragraph mark—the same as when you press Enter within a document. You can do this by using the following code within your VBA macro:
Selection.TypeParagraph
The TypeParagraph method is always used with the Selection object. As was mentioned, using TypeParagraph is the equivalent to pressing Enter in your document. This means that if anything was selected when the command is executed, the selection is replaced by the blank paragraph that the macro inserts.

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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 (1481) 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 a Paragraph from within 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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2018-12-06 14:43:26

Mitch

Hi Allen,

I am trying to insert text into a table cell.
The text cursor is in the cell, and I'm using Selection.TypeText and Selection.TypeParagraph to insert the text.
Although this has worked in the past, for some reason, recently, TypeParagraph does not appear to be working reliably.
It is as though it adds the paragraph mark following the cursor, so that any new text I add is placed on the original line, before the paragraph character, and not on the new line.

Have you seen this behavior before, or know what might cause it?
Do you have any insights or suggestions about this?


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