WD2000: Macro to Find Automatic (Soft) Page Breaks

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To search for "hard" (manually inserted) page breaks and section breaks in a Word document, click Find on the Edit menu, and type ^m in the Find what box.

There is no search character to locate "soft" (automatic) page breaks within a document. The macro samples in the "More Information" section of this article can be used to locate automatic page breaks.


Word automatically inserts soft page breaks when the end of the document page is reached. Any new text is automatically pushed to the next page. A soft page break also occurs before a paragraph formatted with the Page Break Before option selected (on the Format menu, click Paragraph, click the Line and Page Breaks tab, and then select the Page Break Before check box).

You can insert hard page breaks by pressing CTRL+ENTER or selecting the Page break button (on the Insert menu, click Break, and then select Page break).

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The following macro samples examine the page breaks in a document and determine whether they are soft page breaks. The macro samples retrieve the total number of pages in the document and then move to each page break successively. By moving the selection to the left one character, the macro samples determine whether the new selection is text or a hard page break. Document text has a character code greater than 31, and a hard page break is character number 12 or 14.

Sub FindSoftPageBreaks()

   Dim iPgNum As Integer
   Dim sPgNum As String
   Dim ascChar As Integer

   ' Set bookmark for return.
   ActiveDocument.Bookmarks.Add Name:="WhereYouWere", _

   ' Go to start of document.
   Selection.HomeKey Unit:=wdStory, Extend:=wdMove

   ' Repaginate the document.

   ' Loop through the number of pages in the document.
   For iPgNum = 2 To Selection.Information(wdNumberOfPagesInDocument)
      sPgNum = CStr(iPgNum)

      ' Go to next page in iteration.
      Selection.GoTo What:=wdGoToPage, Which:=wdGoToAbsolute, _

      ' Move insertion point left one character.
      Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=1, Extend:=wdMove

      ' Retrieve the character code at insertion point.
      ascChar = Asc(Selection.Text)

      ' Check the character code for hard page break or text.
      If ascChar <> 12 And ascChar <> 14 Or ascChar > 31 Then
         MsgBox "An automatic page break precedes page " + sPgNum + "."
      End If

   ' Return to starting location.
   Selection.GoTo What:=wdGoToBookmark, Name:="WhereYouWere"

   ' Delete the return marker.

End Sub

To replace soft page breaks with hard page breaks throughout your document, replace this line of code:

  MsgBox "An automatic page break precedes page " + sPgNum + "."

with the following lines:

' Check to see if the insertion point is in a table.
x = Selection.Information(wdWithInTable)
If x then

   ' Move insertion point out of table.
   Selection.MoveRight Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=1, Extend:=wdMove

End If

Selection.InsertBreak Type:=wdPageBreak


For more information about how to use the sample code in this article, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
212536 OFF2000: 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:
226118 OFF2000: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications


Article ID: 201953 - Last Review: February 21, 2014 - Revision: 3.2
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
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