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    Macros in Word (Word 2000)

    Looking for recommendation of a good book or website to learn macro construction and use in Word.

    Thanks in advance,
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    Re: Macros in Word (Word 2000)

    See the list of Word VBA books at my URL below.

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    Re: Macros in Word (Word 2000)

    Many thanks, Howard. I have noted the books you sited on your website. I am not a programmer and am looking for INTRODUCTORY books. Will these books be over my head?

    TIA,
    Georgette

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    Re: Macros in Word (Word 2000)

    Hi Georgette,

    I've compiled a number of recommendations from the Microsoft Newsgroups on <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.addbalance.com/word/wordbooks.htm> my books page</A> (addbalance.com/word/wordbooks.htm). Howard Kaikow, who has forgotten more about VBA than I'm likely to ever learn, has already told you about his annotated list.

    Guy Hart Davis has written the which is Word-specific. If you can get your hands on his earlier <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=078211962x/balancecheckbookA/> Word 97 Macro and VBA Handbook I would recommend doing so. I found its Part 1 (which is not continued in the Word 2000 version) to be extremely helpful although not about VBA. Entitled The Keys to Automating Word it was a lengthy overview of templates, styles, AutoText, AutoCorrect and other automatic features.

    Other Word-specific VBA books include , url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=1861002556/balancecheckbookA/] Word 2000 Programmer's Reference, and Steve Roman's <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=1565927257/balancecheckbookA/> Writing Word Macros[/url]. You may also want to take a look at Woody's which contains some VBA. Not Word-specific but quite good is Microsoft's <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0735605947/balancecheckbookA/> Office 2000 Visual Basic for Applications Fundamentals.

    Word is such a big and powerful program (despite its many flaws) that it is vital when programming it to have a thorough knowledge of what is already built-in. Otherwise I would spend days or weeks trying to reinvent a built-in feature such as wild-card replace.

    Because these books tend to be expensive (at least in my money frame) you may want to try getting a number of them through your public library system to look them over before buying them.

    Although books are invaluable, the only real way to learn VBA is by writing it. My other VBA links can be found on my . Look into the <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.vbaoffice.com> VBAOffice site. Although it is subscription based, if you order a free issue of the magazine you also get about 45 days of free access to the website. This contains dynamite code with clear explanations. Also, I've found the <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mvps.org/word> MVP website</A> to be of great help.

    Note that the links given for specific books are to Amazon.com descriptions.

    From one beginner to another, I hope this helps,
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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    Re: Macros in Word (Word 2000)

    Many thanks... the information you provided is almost overwhelming!!! I have checked out some the of the book reviews on Amazon and will see if our library at work has any of them. Also will explore the MVP site info.

    All I need now is time <img src=/S/eargear.gif border=0 alt=eargear width=20 height=20>

    Thanks for your recommendations,
    Georgette

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    Re: Macros in Word (Word 2000)

    Georgette:

    As an intermediate user, I can vouch for the Special Edition Using Word 2000 book. It includes close to 100 pages of introduction to VBA projects. If you can find it in the library, I'm sure it's worth a look and will set you on your way.

    Good luck with that.

    S.O.

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    Re: Macros in Word (Word 2000)

    Thanks!
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    Re: Macros in Word (Word 2000)

    For non-programmers, it would be best to start with the Guy Hart-Davis book. He does have a Word 2000 edition, but I have not seen it and will not list books that I do not have.

    His book is very well written, but very light in content.
    Recently, I started a service for the support of writing and learning Word macros. My client chose to read the Hart-Davis book first and is sending me questons on them as she reads. She is also reading two of the other books (the Step by Step book and Steve Roman's book) and has just ordered 4 more, including the Wrox Press book.

    Support your local sherrif, ooops, I mean publishing industry.

    Note that best prices are usually at www.bookpool.com.

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    Re: Macros in Word (Word 2000)

    I consider it to be non-cost effective to read the 100 or so pages in SE Using Word for VBA.

    If one really wants to learn VBA, it is more cost effective to read the other books.

    And do not rely on library copies. You need to own the books so that they are readily available for at least the first n months of using Word VBA.

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    Re: Macros in Word (Word 2000)

    Another real advantage (IMO) of <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0789718529/balancecheckbookA/> Special Edition Using Word 2000 </A> is that it includes WOPR.

    I both agree and disagree with Howard Kaikow about using library books. I agree that you want your own to use / abuse / markup. I guess I like to look books that cost this much over pretty thoroughly before I buy them. If you can find them in your bookstore, and can sit down and browse through them, great. But if you are ordering them either as a special order at your bookstore or online, the cost of browsing by buying can be prohibitive. Even the best recommendations are unlikely to be a 100% match for where you are and what you need.
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    Re: Macros in Word (Word 2000)

    I Used to go to bookstores to brose, now I just order online. www.bookpool is almost always the least expensive.

    When I take into account the cost of driving and the time involved, it is less expensive to order books sight unseen.

    Periodically, one gets a lemon.

    But that's why one has to ask in newsgroups and forums.

    Over time, one learns that it is safe to buy ANYTHING by certain authors, e.g. Dan Appleman and Ken Getz.

    None of the Word VBA books are adequate, which is why one needs several AND needs to look at VB books.

    These books must be on hand, indeed I'm running out of space to keep books.

    Even the weakest of all the books I have in my Word VBA list is handy to have because it covers a topic not covered in the other Word VBA books (tho the topic is covered in VB books). The cost of researching that topic by searching on the internet in MSDN dwarfs the cost of the book, even if one pays full price.

    I've been know to search the online sties for oh too many minutes, trying to save that extra $5-10 on an item. No more, Father Time gives me a limited alocation and has refused all bribe attempts, so I buy sight unseen AFTER asking in newsgroups/forums.

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