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SelectSingleNode Method

Office 2003

Returns an XMLNode object that represents the first node that matches the XPath parameter in the specified document.

expression.SelectSingleNode(XPath, PrefixMapping, FastSearchSkippingTextNodes)

expression Required. An expression that returns a Document object.

XPath     Required String. A valid XPath string. For more information on XPath, see the XPath reference documentation on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site.

PrefixMapping     Optional Variant. Provides the prefix in the schema against which to perform the search. Use the PrefixMapping parameter if your XPath parameter uses names to search for elements.

FastSearchSkippingTextNodes     Optional Boolean. True skips all text nodes while searching for the specified node. False includes text nodes in the search. Default value is True.


Setting the FastSearchSkippingTextNodes parameter to False diminishes performance because Microsoft Word searches all nodes in a document against the text contained in the node.


The following example returns the first title element found in the active document that is a child element of the book element.

    Dim objElement As XMLNode
Dim strElement As String
Dim strPrefix As String

strElement = "/x:catalog/x:book/x:title"
strPrefix = "xmlns:x=""" & ActiveDocument _
    .XMLSchemaReferences(1).NamespaceURI & """"

Set objElement = ActiveDocument _
    .SelectSingleNode(strElement, strPrefix)