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    Object Brower - options (Word97/SR2)

    Hi -

    A question was recently asked if it were possible to change the default Object Browser option to Browse by page. I believe the answer was No. If there is a way to change it, if someone remembers the post, I'd be most appreciative if you'd post the post number.

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    Re: Object Brower - options (Word97/SR2)

    I don't remember the post, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> In any event, while the actual BrowseNext & BrowsePrev commands are designed to change according to what you last used GoTo for (or Find), you CAN change the shortcut keys.

    You can assign the GoToNextPage command to Ctrl+PgDn and the GoToPreviousPage command to Ctrl+PgUp (by using Tools/Customize...'Keyboard/All Commands/ & scrolling to the commands).

    I haven't tried this, but it seems to me that you could also change the BrowseNext & BrowsePrev commands to always be GoToNextPage & GoToPreviousPage. You could do this by using:

    Application.Browser.Target = wdBrowsePage
    Application.Browser.Next

    for the BrowseNext command & make a similar change to the BrowsePrev command. However, then you would never be able to use the other functions of the object browser. As I say, I haven't tried the latter approach. You could always back up your normal.dot & play around with the changes. If you don't like it, just delete your new normal.dot & restore the backup.
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    Re: Object Brower - options (Word97/SR2)

    It's really often helpful to browse by other objects than by page, so I wouldn't disable the feature.

    On the other hand, you might not like that "Edit > Find" changes the Browser target, so you might put the following two macros in your template:

    <pre>Sub EditFind()
    With Application
    .Dialogs(wdDialogEditFind).Show
    .Browser.Target = wdBrowsePage
    End With
    End Sub</pre>

    <pre>Sub EditReplace()
    With Application
    .Dialogs(wdDialogEditReplace).Show
    .Browser.Target = wdBrowsePage
    End With
    End Sub</pre>

    EditGoTo can be intercepted in the same way.
    You can still use "Browse by Find" and Ctrl+PageDown/PageUp (or the double blue arrows) if you really want to, by clicking on the button between the double arrows, below the vertical scoll bar.
    After you have done so, you'd have to reset the browser target to "by page" yourself.

    IMO, the browser idea is neat, but the implementation isn't too good. The button should display the current browser target at all times. Don't know if Word2002/2003 do it better?

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    Re: Object Brower - options (Word97/SR2)

    I agree with your observations about the Object Browser. I tend to find it useful. The only problem with intercepting the EditFind & EditReplace commands is that it doesn't open the 3 tabbed (Find, Replace, GoTo) dialog box. I already pay that price with the GoTo dialog box because I wanted whatever was in the GoTo box to be selected when I came back to it, so I've already intercepted the command.

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    Re: Object Brower - options (Word97/SR2)

    > it doesn't open the 3 tabbed (Find, Replace, GoTo) dialog box.

    Yes, that's a bummer. And I don't like intercepting the built-in commands too much, either, because often you get unwanted side effects... and those "bugs" are hard to track down.
    I put them in an extra module to keep track of them. But right now, all of them are disabled.

    Perhaps your suggestion of re-assigning the keyboard shortcuts is the best solution. You still can use the browser by clicking the double arrows.

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