BuildingBlock interface

Represents a building block in a template. A building block is pre-built content, similar to autotext, that may contain text, images, and formatting.

Namespace:  Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word
Assembly:  Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word (in Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.dll)

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public interface BuildingBlock

Each BuildingBlock object is a member of the BuildingBlocks and BuildingBlockEntries collections. Building blocks are stored in Microsoft Office Word templates. Therefore, to access the building blocks available for a document, you need to access an attached template. Built-in building blocks are stored in the template named "Building Blocks.dotx".

NoteNote

Use the Item(Object) method of the collection or the BuildingBlocks collection to return an individual building block. Depending on how you access the collection, the collection returned may change. For example, if you access a collection of building blocks with a type of wdTypeAutoText with a category of "General", the returned collection may be different from the collection returned if you access a collection of building blocks with a type of wdTypeAutoText with a category of "Custom". It is also different from the collection returned if you access the collection of building blocks with a type of wdTypeCustomAutoText with a category of "General". Therefore, the first item in a collection accessed from the BuildingBlockEntries collection may be different from the first item in the collection accessed from the BuildingBlocks collection.

To create a new building block, you can use the Add method for either the BuildingBlockEntries collection or the BuildingBlocks collection. However, the recommended way to create a new building block is by using the Add(String, WdBuildingBlockTypes, String, Range, Object, WdDocPartInsertOptions) method for the BuildingBlockEntries collection.

Use the Insert(Range, Object) method to insert a new building block into a document. Use the Delete() method to remove a building block from a template.

Building blocks are organized by category and type. Use the BuildingBlockTypes collection to access individual BuildingBlockType objects. Use the Categories collection to access individual Category objects. Then use the BuildingBlocks propery to access the BuildingBlocks collection for a Category object.

Each building block has properties that contain information that applies uniquely to it, such as Name, Description, Type, and Value.

For more information about building blocks, see Working with Building Blocks.

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