Range.Move Method (Word)

Office 2013 and later

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Collapses the specified range to its start or end position and then moves the collapsed object by the specified number of units.

expression .Move(Unit, Count)

expression Required. A variable that represents a Range object.




Data Type





The unit by which to move the range.




The number of units by which the specified range is to be moved. If Count is a positive number, the object is collapsed to its end position and moved backward in the document by the specified number of units. If Count is a negative number, the object is collapsed to its start position and moved forward by the specified number of units. The default value is 1. You can also control the collapse direction by using the Collapse method before using the Move method. If the range is in the middle of a unit or isn't collapsed, moving it to the beginning or end of the unit counts as moving it one full unit.

Return Value


This method returns a Long value that indicates the number of units by which the object was actually moved, or it returns 0 (zero) if the move was unsuccessful.

The start and end positions of a collapsed range are equal.

Applying the Move method to a range doesn't rearrange text in the document. Instead, it redefines the range to refer to a new location in the document.

This example sets Range1 to the first paragraph in the active document and then moves the range forward three paragraphs. After this macro is run, the insertion point is positioned at the beginning of the fourth paragraph.

Set Range1 = ActiveDocument.Paragraphs(1).Range 
With Range1 
 .Collapse Direction:=wdCollapseStart 
 .Move Unit:=wdParagraph, Count:=3 
End With


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