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: Setting a VBA Variable from a Bookmark.

Setting a VBA Variable From a Bookmark

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 8, 2014)

As part of a macro, you may have a need to work with information stored in a bookmark. For instance, you may need to extract the text in a bookmark, assign it to a variable, and then do some processing based on the variable contents.

There are two ways you can assign the contents of a bookmark to a variable in a VBA macro. The first is to simply jump to the bookmark and select it, then make the variable equal to the contents of the selection. The following code lines will perform this action for a bookmark named MyBookmark:

Dim sMyString As String
Selection.GoTo What:=wdGoToBookmark, Name:="MyBookmark"
sMyString = Selection.Text

If you don't want to change the selection within the document, you can also simply work with the Bookmarks collection maintained by Word. Assuming you still need the contents of the MyBookmark bookmark, the following code will do the trick:

Dim sMyString As String
sMyString = ActiveDocument.Bookmarks("MyBookmark").Range.Text

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1595) 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: Setting a VBA Variable from a Bookmark.

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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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