Selection.Move Method (Word)

Office 2013 and later

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Collapses the specified selection to its start or end position and then moves the collapsed object by the specified number of units. This method returns a Long value that represents the number of units by which the selection was moved, or it returns 0 (zero) if the move was unsuccessful.

expression .Move(Unit, Count)

expression Required. A variable that represents a Selection object.




Data Type





The unit by which to move the ending character position.




The number of units by which the specified range or selection 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 or selection 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


The start and end positions of a collapsed range or selection 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.

If you apply the Move method to any range other than a Range object variable (for example, Selection.Paragraphs(3).Range.Move), the method has no effect.

Moving a Selection object collapses the selection and moves the insertion point either forward or backward in the document.

This example moves the selection two words to the right and positions the insertion point after the second word's trailing space. If the move is unsuccessful, a message box indicates that the selection is at the end of the document.

If Selection.StoryType = wdMainTextStory Then 
 wUnits = Selection.Move(Unit:=wdWord, Count:=2) 
 If wUnits < 2 Then _ 
 MsgBox "Selection is at the end of the document" 
End If

This example moves the selection forward three cells in the table.

If Selection.Information(wdWithInTable) = True Then 
 Selection.Move Unit:=wdCell, Count:=3 
End If