WD: CreateObject("Word.Application") Fails with Run-time Error

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When you attempt to create an instance of Word by using a Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications statement, such as the following
   Set wObj = CreateObject("Word.Application")
you receive the following error message:
Run-time error '429' - ActiveX component can't create object.


If you use the CreateObject function with an object of type Word.Application or Word.Basic, the function fails if Word is already running.


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To work around this problem, check to see whether Word is already running. If it is not, start a new instance of Word. For example, the following sample procedure uses the GetObject function to create a Word.Application object. If the GetObject function fails, Word is not running, so the CreateObject function is then used to set the Word.Application object.
Sub RunWord()

   Dim wObj as Word.Application
   On Error Resume Next

   ' Get existing instance of Word if it exists.
   Set wObj = GetObject(, "Word.Application")

   If Err <> 0 then
      ' If GetObject fails, then use CreateObject instead.
      Set wObj = CreateObject("Word.Application")
   End If

   ' Add a new document.

   ' Exit Word.

   ' Clear object memory.
   Set wObj = Nothing

End Sub


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


For more information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications


Article ID: 177097 - Last Review: January 22, 2007 - Revision: 2.1
  • Microsoft Word 2001 for Mac
  • Microsoft Word 98 for Macintosh
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