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Occurrences of a Text String within a Document

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 16, 2019)

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Marc is looking for the fastest, most efficient way—within a macro—to determine a count of how many times a particular text string occurs within a document. Unfortunately there is no way to do this with a simple command or two; instead you need to "step through" a document using the Find and Replace feature of Word.

First, make a temporary copy of your document so that you don't run the risk of messing up your original document. Then use a variable in your macro to count the number of times the desired text gets replaced, and increment the variable every time a replacement occurs. In the following example, the number of times will end up in the variable Replacements. You can then use the value or convert the value to a string to display it.

Sub CountReplacements
    Dim Replacements As Integer

    Replacements = 0
    Selection.Find.ClearFormatting
    Selection.Find.Replacement.ClearFormatting
    With Selection.Find
        .Text = InputBox("Enter the text you want to find:")
        .Replacement.Text = InputBox("Enter the replacement text:")
        .Forward = True
        .Wrap = wdFindContinue
        .Format = False
        .Execute Replace:=wdReplaceOne

        Do Until Not .Found
            .Execute Replace:=wdReplaceOne
            Replacements = Replacements + 1
            Selection.MoveRight Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=1
        Loop

        If Replacements <> 0 Then
            MsgBox _
              "" & .Text & " has been replaced " & _
              CStr(Replacements) & " times with " & _
              .Replacement.Text
        Else
            MsgBox .Text & " was not found in the document/selection."
        End If
    End With
End Sub

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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 (3368) 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: Occurrences of a Text String within a Document.

Author Bio

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 two less than 4?

2019-05-20 10:32:31

Liz Barron

Hi Allen,

I am trying to write a macro to search through a Word report document and populate the glossary table with any acronyms and definitions that it finds that are in listed in another document that contains a table of acronyms and definitions.

I was wondering if you could give me any advice on how I need to structure this? I'm not looking for you to write the code for me, just point me in the direction I need to be looking at!

I know how to do a find and replace and I know how to write to a table using VBA.

Is there a way to loop through the acronym table document while you are searching, or do I need to put every acronym and definition into the code itself as its own individual find and write to table cell (there are currently about 80 items in the list so this would be a bit of a task!)

I was ideally hoping to come up with a solution that would allow people to add acronyms to the definition table without having to change the code (for instance if there were specific acronyms for certain projects).

Thanks for any help!

Liz


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