WD2000: Run-Time Error 5841 If Style Doesn't Exist

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When you run a Visual Basic for Applications macro that modifies or deletes a specific style, the following error message may appear:
Run-time error '5841': The requested member of the collection does not exist.


This problem occurs if you attempt to modify or delete a style that does not exist.


Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. The following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications example code tests for the presence of a specific style. If the style exists, the macro checks to see whether the specified style is a built-in style. If it is not a built-in style, the macro tests whether the style is currently in use. If the style is in use, the style is deleted.
Sub DoesStyleExist()
   Dim styStyle As Style
   Dim sMsg As String
   Dim sStyleName As String
   ' The style to delete.
   ' Note: Character case is utilized with styles.
   ' For example, "mystyle" is different from "MYSTYLE".
   sStyleName = "mystyle"
   ' Initial message.
   sMsg = " style does not exist."
   For Each styStyle In ActiveDocument.Styles
      ' Does the style exist?
      If styStyle.NameLocal = sStyleName Then
         ' Cannot delete a built in style.
         If styStyle.BuiltIn = False Then
            ' Is the style being used?
            If styStyle.InUse Then
               ' Delete the Style
               sMsg = " style has been deleted."
               Exit For
            End If
            sMsg = " style is a built-in style."
            Exit For
         End If
      End If
   ' Display a message indicating the resulting action.
   MsgBox sStyleName & sMsg
End Sub


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: 212723 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 2.1
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