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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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201945 The Add button is unavailable in the Bookmark dialog box