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    5 Star Lounger st3333ve's Avatar
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    Replicating WordPerfect's pauses (Word 2002 SP-2)

    WordPerfect's macro language includes a Pause command that pauses the macro (often within a loop) and resumes execution when the user hits a particular key (or key-combination). So, to take a simple example, you can create a looping macro that allows the user to move through a long list and create a 2nd list with only selected items from the original list by hitting Ctrl-Enter while the cursor is located on each item to be copied to the 2nd list. There's no dialog box involved.

    I don't think I can exactly replicate this in Word, but I'd like to find the best alternative. One possibility (that I haven't yet tried) might be a VBA macro that (1) assigns a 2nd macro (that actually performs the relevant copy or whatever) to Ctrl-Enter, (2) puts a small modeless UserForm in one corner of the screen with nothing but a Cancel button, and (3) returns the Ctrl-Enter key to its original assignment after the user cancels the UserForm.

    I'd be interested in hearing how other Loungers have handled this kind of situation.

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    Re: Replicating WordPerfect's pauses (Word 2002 SP

    Non-modal UserForm and Toolbar are the only things that come to mind.

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    Re: Replicating WordPerfect's pauses (Word 2002 SP-2)

    Hmm - that sounds like good functionality but I can't think of a similar method in Word.

    Two things come to mind to perform the task you described.
    1. Use the Spike to store incremental text. Spike is a built-in autotext entry that can grow every time you append to spike and is emptied when used.
    2. Select multiple lines at once to copy with discontinuous selections
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