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Word does not have a built-in method to delay the execution of a macro, but workarounds can be used to achieve this effect.
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212536You can use one of the following methods to delay execution of a macro by using Visual Basic for Applications.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/212536/EN-US/ )OFF2000: How to Run Sample Code from Knowledge Base Articles
Method 1: Use an Empty For...Next LoopA disadvantage to this method is that there is no direct way to determine the exact amount of time that the program takes to run the loop. The amount of time depends upon the speed of your computer. The following code runs a loop that does nothing but take up some time.
Method 2: Use an API Call to Suspend Word ExecutionUse an API call to suspend the execution of Word for a fixed amount of time.
The Kernel32 contains a function that pauses a program's execution for a specified amount of time, specified in milliseconds. For you to use the function, it must first be declared in the General Declarations section of the module in which it will be used:
Use the following syntax to call the Sleep function:
Method 3: Use the OnTime MethodUse the OnTime method to set an amount of time to pause. The OnTime method uses the following syntax:
expression.OnTime(When, Name, Tolerance)Because the Name argument requires the name of a macro to run, you must create two macros: the first macro to contain the OnTime method call and other commands relevant to your macro, and the second macro to run when the allotted time has passed. The second macro can be a "dummy" macro that does nothing.
This example runs the macro named "MyDelayMacro" 15 seconds from the time the example is run.
For more information about using the OnTime method, in the Visual Basic Editor, click Microsoft Visual Basic Help on the Help menu, type OnTime method in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.
For additional information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/212623/EN-US/ )WD2000: Macro Programming Resources
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/226118/EN-US/ )OFF2000: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications
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