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TextRange.Characters Method

Office 2007
Returns a TextRange object that represents the specified subset of text characters.


expression.Characters(Start, Length)

expression   A variable that represents a TextRange object.


NameRequired/OptionalData TypeDescription
StartRequiredLongThe first character in the returned range.
LengthOptionalLongThe number of characters to be returned. Default is 1.

Return Value


If Start is greater than the number of characters in the specified text, the returned range starts with the last character in the specified range.

If Length is greater than the number of characters from the specified starting character to the end of the text, the returned range contains all those characters.


This example sets the text for the first shape on the first page in the active document, and then sets the font of the first two characters to 15 points and bold.

Visual Basic for Applications
Sub CharRange()
    Dim rngCharacters As TextRange
    Set rngCharacters = Application.ActiveDocument.Pages(1).Shapes(1) _
        .TextFrame.TextRange.InsertBefore(NewText:="Hello World.")
    With rngCharacters.Characters(Start:=1, Length:=2).Font
        .Size = 15
        .Bold = msoTrue
    End With
End Sub