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Returning Text from a Document

Office 2007

Use the Text property to return text from a Range object or Selection object. The following example selects the next paragraph formatted with the Heading 1 style. The contents of the Text property are displayed by the MsgBox function.

Sub FindHeadingStyle()
    With Selection.Find
        .Style = wdStyleHeading1
        .Execute FindText:="", Format:=True, _
            Forward:=True, Wrap:=wdFindStop
        If .Found = True Then MsgBox Selection.Text
    End With
End Sub

The following instruction returns and displays the selected text.

Sub ShowSelection()
    Dim strText As String
    strText = Selection.Text
    MsgBox strText
End Sub

The following example returns the first word in the active document. Each item in the Words collection is a Range object that represents one word.

Sub ShowFirstWord()
    Dim strFirstWord As String
    strFirstWord = ActiveDocument.Words(1).Text
    MsgBox strFirstWord
End Sub

The following example returns the text associated with the first bookmark in the active document.

Sub ShowFirstBookmark()
    Dim strBookmark As String
    If ActiveDocument.Bookmarks.Count > 0 Then
        strBookmark = ActiveDocument.Bookmarks(1).Range.Text
        MsgBox strBookmark
    End If
End Sub