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TextFrame.ValidLinkTarget Method (Publisher)

office 365 dev account|Last Updated: 8/24/2017
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Determines whether the text frame of one shape can be linked to the text frame of another shape. Returns True if LinkTarget is a valid target, False if LinkTarget already contains text or is already linked, or if the shape does not support attached text.


expression. ValidLinkTarget( LinkTarget)

_expression_A variable that represents a TextFrame object.


NameRequired/OptionalData TypeDescription
LinkTargetRequiredShapeThe shape with the target text frame to which you want to link the text frame returned by expression.

Return Value



This example checks to see whether the text frames for the first and second shapes on the first page of the active publication can be linked to one another. If so, the example links the two text frames.

Dim txtFrame1 As TextFrame 
Dim txtFrame2 As TextFrame 

With ActiveDocument.Pages(1) 
 Set txtFrame1 = .Shapes(1).TextFrame 
 Set txtFrame2 = .Shapes(2).TextFrame 
End With 

If txtFrame1.ValidLinkTarget(LinkTarget:=txtFrame2.Parent) = True Then 
 txtFrame1.NextLinkedTextFrame = txtFrame2 
End If
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