Introduction to VBA in Microsoft Word
Programming with VBA in Word allows for document manipulation that may be awkward or even impossible with standard word processing techniques. This may be accomplished by writing code directly in the Visual Basic Editor (VBE), which includes a window for writing code, debugging code, and code module organization. To find out how to access the VBE by adding the developer tab to your excel 2007, 2010 and 2013 versions of Word, please follow the appropriate link in the Related Articles section.
VBA within Word can be used to automate a variety of tasks from formatting text to generating dynamic content, and can even be used to automate other Microsoft Office products through a process called OLE Automation.
When learning about VBA in Word it’s very important that a programmer become familiar with the Word Object Model. The object model is a representation of how all the different objects within Word (Application, Document, Ranges, Bookmarks etc.) interact with each other. By understanding the relationship of these objects, even if just at a high level, will make VBA much easier to develop in. Please follow this link for a high level tutorial on the Word Object Model.
Once you have an understanding of the Word Object Model I’m sure you’ll want to start writing your own code. If you are the kind of person who likes building everything from scratch, check out our code snippets section or if you’d prefer to work with some concrete and practical examples you can find them in our tutorials section.
- Turning on the Developer Ribbon Tab in Word 2007
- Turning on the Developer Ribbon Tab in Word 2010 and 2013
- Word Object Model
- Word Tutorials
- Word Code Snippets