WD97: Run-time Error 438 Getting Document Properties from Template

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When you attempt to obtain document properties from a template using the Visual Basic for Applications MacroContainer object, you may receive the following error message:
Run-time error '438': Object doesn't support this property or method.
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173707 OFF97: How to Run Sample Code from Knowledge Base Articles
This problem occurs if the template in which this macro is stored is included as a global add-in.

For example:

The following sample Visual Basic for Applications macro will run successfully if the template is first opened in Word. However, this same macro will produce the run-time error message if the template in which it is located is included as a global add-in:
Sub GetKeywords()   MsgBox MacroContainer.BuiltInDocumentProperties(wdPropertyKeywords)End Sub				
To work around this problem, open your template or document prior to running the macro stored in your template or document.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
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:
163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications
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