WD2000: How to Create a Macro That Adds a Command Button with Code to a Document

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The following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications sample code allows for user intervention between macros. This sample code runs in the following sequence:
  1. The macro adds a command button to an open Microsoft Word document.
  2. The macro adds code from a text file to the current project.

    NOTE: In this example, the code that is copied to the document project is the Click event for the command button.
  3. When the command button is clicked, another macro is run.
  4. The button and code are removed from the document.

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212536 OFF2000: How to Run Sample Code from Knowledge Base Articles
To create a pair of macros that perform the steps listed in the "Summary" section, follow these steps:
  1. Type or paste the following sample code in the Visual Basic Editor:
    Sub AddACommandButtonWithCode()
    Dim oButton
    Set oButton=ActiveDocument.Shapes.AddOLEControl(Anchor:=Selection.Range, _
       ClassType:= "Forms.CommandButton.1")
       With oButton.OLEFormat.Object
          .Caption = "Great Feature:"
          .Name = "myButtonOne"
       End With
       VBE.SelectedVBComponent.CodeModule.AddFromFile ("c:\buttoncode.txt")
    End Sub
  2. Type the following sample code in a text file, such as Notepad:
    Sub myButtonOne_Click
       Msgbox "This code adds command button programmatically to document."
       'Removes the button from the document.
       'Removes the lines of code text from the document.
       Application.VBE.SelectedVBComponent.CodeModule.DeleteLines 1,7
    End Sub
  3. Save the text file as "C:\Buttoncode.txt".


For additional information, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
212623 WD2000: Macro Programming Resources
226118 OFF2000: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications
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Article ID: 211776 - Last Review: October 24, 2013 - Revision: 1.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Word 2000
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