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A macro to add, delete, and find hidden and non-hidden bookmarks in Word

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SUMMARY
The following sample macros can be used to add, delete, and find hidden andnon-hidden bookmarks in Word for Windows documents using Visual Basic forApplications.

WARNING: Microsoft Word uses hidden bookmarks for table of contentsentries, cross-references, and captions. After stripping the hiddenbookmarks from a document with cross-references, and then updating fields,all the references are lost. In their place you get one of the followingerror messages: "Error! Reference source not found" or "Error! Bookmark notdefined."
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Method 1: Code to Strip All Bookmarks from a Document

     Sub StripAllBookmarks()      Dim stBookmark As Bookmark      ActiveDocument.Bookmarks.ShowHidden = True      If ActiveDocument.Bookmarks.Count >= 1 Then         For Each stBookmark In ActiveDocument.Bookmarks            stBookmark.Delete         Next stBookmark      End If   End Sub

Method 2: Code to Strip Only Hidden Bookmarks from a Document

 Sub StripHiddenBookmarks()      Dim stBookmark As Bookmark      ActiveDocument.Bookmarks.ShowHidden = True      If ActiveDocument.Bookmarks.Count >= 1 Then         For Each stBookmark In ActiveDocument.Bookmarks           If Left(stBookmark, 1) = "_" Then              stBookmark.Delete           End If        Next stBookmark      End If   End Sub				

Method 3: Code to Add a Hidden Bookmark

The following code adds a bookmark named "_HiddenBookmark1" to a documentat the location of the insertion point or selection.
   Sub AddHiddenBookmark      ActiveDocument.Bookmarks.Add Name:="_HiddenBookmark1"   End Sub				
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For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
201945 The Add button is unavailable in the Bookmark dialog box
winword wprd7 word7.0 wd97 wd2000 wd2002 wd2003
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Article ID: 184041 - Last Review: 01/22/2007 17:54:40 - Revision: 3.2

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