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Using ActiveX Controls on a Document (Word)

Last modified: March 15, 2012

Applies to: Office 2013 | Word 2013

Just as you can add Microsoft ActiveX controls to custom dialog boxes, you can add controls directly to a document when you want to provide a sophisticated way for the user to interact directly with your macro, without the distraction of dialog boxes. Use the following procedure to add ActiveX controls to your document. For more specific information about using ActiveX controls in Microsoft Word, see Using ActiveX controls on documents.

  1. Add controls to the document

    To add a control to the drawing layer of a document, click the control on the Control Toolbox. To add a control to the text layer of a document, hold down the SHIFT key while you click a control on the Control Toolbox.

  2. Set control properties

    Right-click a control in design mode and click Properties to display the Properties window.

  3. Initialize the controls

    You can initialize controls in a procedure.

  4. Write event procedures

    All controls have a predefined set of events. For example, a command button has a Click event that occurs when the user clicks the command button. You can write event procedures that run when the events occur.

  5. Use control values while code is running

    Some properties can be set at run time.

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