Document Conventions (Visual Basic for Applications)

This page is specific to the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Language Reference for Office 2010.

Visual Basic documentation uses the following typographic conventions.

Convention

Description

Sub, If, ChDir, Print, True, Debug

Words in bold with initial letter capitalized indicate language-specific keywords.

Setup

Words you are instructed to type appear in bold.

object, varname, arglist

Italic, lowercase letters indicate placeholders for information you supply.

pathname, filenumber

Bold, italic, and lowercase letters indicate placeholders for arguments where you can use either positional or named-argument syntax.

[expressionlist]

In syntax, items inside brackets are optional.

{While | Until}

In syntax, braces and a vertical bar indicate a mandatory choice between two or more items. You must choose one of the items unless all of the items are also enclosed in brackets. For example: [{This | OrThat}]

ESC, ENTER

Words in capital letters indicate key names and key sequences.

ALT+F1, CTRL+R

A plus sign (+) between key names indicates a combination of keys. For example, ALT+F1 means hold down the ALT key while pressing the F1 key.

Code Conventions

The following code conventions are used:

Sample Code

Description

This font is used for code, variables, and error message text.

An apostrophe (') introduces code comments.

A space and an underscore ( _) continue a line of code.

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