WD2000: Sample VBA Code to Set, Retrieve Summary Information

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In Microsoft Word, you can use Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications to access the summary information in the Properties dialog box (on the File menu, click Properties) and then display the information in a message box, insert the information into the active document, or store the values within a variable.

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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. To retrieve or set values on the Summary tab of the Document Properties dialog box, use the following literal string arguments or property constants with either of the two methods below.

Literal String Arguments Property Constants
Title wdPropertyTitle
Subject wdPropertySubject
Author wdPropertyAuthor
Manager wdPropertyManager
Company wdPropertyCompany
Category wdPropertyCategory
Keywords wdPropertyKeywords
Comments wdPropertyComments
Hyperlink base wdPropertyHyperlinkbase

Method 1: Use the BuiltInDocumentProperties Property

Use the BuiltInDocumentProperties property to set and return summary information for the active document. You can specify which value to set or retrieve by referencing the argument through a built-in constant or a literal string. The following sample code uses the wdPropertyTitle constant to retrieve the title for the active document. The result is displayed in a message box.

   Sub GetSetDocProps()
      If Documents.Count > 0 Then
         Dim dp As Object
         Set dp = ActiveDocument.BuiltInDocumentProperties
         ' Retrieve and display the active document's
         ' title by using the constant "wdPropertyTitle."
         MsgBox dp(wdPropertyTitle)
      End If
   End Sub
				


The following sample code uses a literal string to define the keywords for the active document:

   Sub SetDocProps()
      If Documents.Count > 0 Then
         Dim dp As Object
         Set dp = ActiveDocument.BuiltInDocumentProperties
         ' Set KeyWords for the active document by
         ' using a literal string.
         dp("KeyWords") = "Summary Information Example Macro"
         ActiveDocument.Save
      End If
   End Sub
				

Method 2: Use the Dialogs Property to Set and Return Values

Use the Dialogs property to set and return values for the active document's summary information.

Before you return or change a built-in dialog box setting, you need to identify the individual dialog box. To do this, use the Dialogs property and a WdWordDialog constant. The following sample code returns the properties Dialog object that refers to the Summary tab.

   Set myDialog = Dialogs(wdDialogFileSummaryInfo)
				
You can set or retrieve the following literal string arguments without displaying the Summary tab when a document is open.

Title
Subject
Author
Manager
Company
Category
Keywords
Comments
Hyperlink base
The following sample macro retrieves the current value of the Title string, places this value in a variable string, and sets a new value without displaying the Properties dialog box.

   Sub SetSummaryInfo ()
      Dim dp As Object
      Dim sTitle As String
      If Documents.Count > 0 Then
         Set dp = Dialogs(wdDialogFileSummaryInfo)
         ' Retrieve value of "Title" into a variable.
         sTitle  = dp.Title
         ' Set "Title" to a new value.
         dp.Title = "My Title"
         ' Set the value without showing the dialog.
         dp.Execute
         ' Save the changes
         ActiveDocument.Save
      End If
   End Sub
				
The following sample macro sets a new value for Title and displays the Properties dialog box.

   Sub SetSummaryInfo()
      Dim dp As Object
      If Documents.Count > 0 Then
         Set dp = Dialogs(wdDialogFileSummaryInfo)
         ' Set "Title" to a new value.
         dp.Title = "My Title"
         ' Set the value.
         dp.Execute
         ' Save the changes.
         ActiveDocument.Save
         ' Display the dialog.
         ' Note: Using the Display method will not keep changes
         ' manually entered into the dialog box. To keep changes
         ' manually entered in the dialog box, use the Show method.
         dp.Display
      End If
   End Sub
				
For more information about displaying, setting, or retrieving values in Word dialog boxes, in the Visual Basic Editor, click Microsoft Visual Basic Help on the Help menu, type Displaying built-in Word dialog boxes in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.


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

REFERENCES

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

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Article ID: 212724 - Last Review: October 11, 2006 - Revision: 3.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
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