WD97: How to Select the Current Paragraph Using VBA Code

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This article describes how to select the current paragraph the cursor is in using Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications code.


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For more information about the support options that are available and about how to contact Microsoft, visit the following Microsoft Web site:http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;EN-US;CNTACTMS In Word 97, the WordBasic programming language was replaced with Visual Basic for Applications. In WordBasic, you used the following code to select the current paragraph:
   EditGoTo "\para"
To select the current paragraph using Visual Basic for Applications code, you can use one of the following alternative methods.

Method 1: Using the GoTo Method

You can use the GoTo method of the Selection object to select the current paragraph, as in the following Visual Basic statement:
   Selection.GoTo What:=wdGoToBookmark, Name:="\para"

Method 2: Using the StartOf and MoveEnd Methods

You can use the StartOf and MoveEnd methods of the Selection object to select from the beginning to the end of the paragraph, as in the following Visual Basic statements:
   Selection.StartOf Unit:=wdParagraphm
   Selection.MoveEnd Unit:=wdParagraph

Method 3: Using the Select Method

If you know the number of the paragraph you want to select, you can use the following statement:
where n is the number of the paragraph you want to select. For example, the following statement selects the third paragraph in the document:
For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
173707 OFF97: How to Run Sample Code from Knowledge Base Articles


For more information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications


Article ID: 175926 - Last Review: January 22, 2007 - Revision: 2.3
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
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