Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Renaming a Macro.

Renaming a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 4, 2018)

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A macro is nothing more than a series of instructions you want the computer to execute. It is a program which is run in the context of the application you are using. As you create macros, you will probably come across a need to rename a few of the existing macros. To do this it's easiest to work with the VBA Editor. Follow these steps:

  1. Press Alt+F8. Word displays the Macros dialog box.
  2. In the list of available macros, choose the one you want to rename. The Edit button should become active.
  3. Click Edit. The VBA Editor is started, and you see the macro you chose to edit.
  4. At the top of the macro you'll see the procedure definition, consisting of the word "Sub" followed by the name of the macro. Change the actual name in this line. (Don't change the word Sub or the space that follows the word Sub, and don't change anything starting with the left parenthesis that follows the name of the macro.)
  5. Close the VBA Editor.

That's it; the macro is now renamed to whatever name you used in step 4.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (7915) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Renaming a Macro.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is eight minus 5?

2017-01-09 16:14:44

allen@sharonparq.com

Phil: No, unfortunately it doesn't. You'll need to handle that part manually.

-Allen


2017-01-09 15:01:10

Phil Maier

Thanks for this tip Allen. When renaming a macro this way does the VBA editor also change all references to the macro where it is invoked in the code modules for the application?


2017-01-09 11:39:42

mandora

If there are calls to the original macro, change those names as well.


2014-04-08 17:13:00

ravi

Sub: MS Word (office 2010), TIP NOT WORKING

1. This tip does not work "in MY" ms_word 2010.
2. After renaming, macro does not work.
3. EVEN AFTER RE-RENAMING TO ORIGINAL NAME, macro does not respond/work!

Please Guide,
-Regards


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