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2016-08-04, 15:26 #1
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How to select an object if you're recording a macro (word 2013)
I don't know how to program in VBA but I have done macros in the past by recording them. But I can't get this one started.
What I need is to be able to format a screen shot that I've pasted into a Word document so that it is a certain size and has a border of a certain number of pixels.
I have found the keyboard strokes for getting up to the ribbon and doing the formatting but - I can't start to record because I can't find a way to select the darn object using the keyboard! (just clicking it doesn't work and if you click it first, it doesn't stay selected once you start the macro)
If there is no way to do this, could you refer me to a basic book on learning VBA?
Thanks, in advance,
2016-08-05, 00:49 #2
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You can select an inline shape by putting your cursor in front and then while the macro is recording press Shift-Right Arrow.
It is better to learn some vba though and make use of the Intellisense features of the VBA editor.
Assuming your graphics are inline shapes, the following code might get you started
Dim aPict as InlineShape For each aPict in Selection.InlineShapes aPict.Borders.OutsideLineWidth = wdLineWith225pt aPict.Borders.OutsideColor = wdColorRed aPict.Width = CentimetersToPoints(10) Next aPictAndrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia
2016-08-05, 10:42 #3
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Suzan, are you familiar with the VB Editor? If so, reviewing the results of macros you've recorded will start you on the way to understanding the structure of VBA. If you've never been in the VB Editor, let us know.
You can do a lot more useful things writing VBA code directly, than you can in a recorded macro, as Andrew's code demonstrates. If you're interested in macros and what they can do, it's worth it to start learning it in earnest. If not, it might prove to be more work than you really want to take on.
This article on getting started with Word VBA from Microsoft is for Word 2010, but you'll find it applicable to 2013. If that doesn't suit, you might consider this book. Again, different version of Word, and while MSFT does add and remove commands, you'll find most of it applies to 2013.