Tasks Object (Word)

A collection of Task objects that represents all the tasks currently running on the system.

Use the Tasks property to return the Tasks collection. The following example determines whether Microsoft Excel is running. If it is, this example switches to it and maximizes it; otherwise, the example starts it.

If Tasks.Exists("Microsoft Excel") = True Then 
 Tasks("Microsoft Excel").Activate 
 Tasks("Microsoft Excel").WindowState = wdWindowStateMaximize 
Else 
 Shell "C:\Program Files\" & _ 
 "Microsoft Office\Office10\Excel.exe" 
End If

Use Visual Basic's Shell function to run an executable program and add the program to the Tasks collection.

Use Tasks(Index), where Index is the application name or the index number, to return a single Task object. The following example opens and resizes the application window for the first visible task in the Tasks collection.

With Tasks(1) 
 If .Visible = True Then 
 .Activate 
 .Width = 400 
 .Height = 200 
 End If 
End With

The following example restores the Calculator application window if the application is in the Tasks collection.

If Tasks.Exists("Calculator") = True Then 
 Tasks("Calculator").WindowState = wdWindowStateNormal 
End If
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