Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Printing a List of Custom Styles.

Printing a List of Custom Styles

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 13, 2020)

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Word allows you to create styles to define how the text in your document should appear. Besides a full list of built-in styles, Word allows you to create any custom styles that you may desire. You can later print a style sheet for your document, as described in other issues of WordTips.

What if you want a list of only custom styles, however? Word doesn't include a feature that allows you to discriminate on which styles are included in a style sheet printout. If you want a list of custom styles used in a document, you can create one by using a macro. The following macro steps through all the styles and compiles a list of those that meet both criteria (custom and being used): you can also read the ActivePrinter property

Sub PrintCustomStyles()
    Dim docThis As Document
    Dim styItem As Style
    Dim sUserDef(499) As String
    Dim iStyleCount As Integer
    Dim J As Integer

    ' Ref the active document
    Set docThis = ActiveDocument

    iStyleCount = 0
    For Each styItem In docThis.Styles
        'see if being used
        If styItem.InUse Then
            'make sure not built in
            If Not styItem.BuiltIn Then
                iStyleCount = iStyleCount + 1
                sUserDef(iStyleCount) = styItem.NameLocal
            End If
        End If
    Next styItem

    If iStyleCount > 0 Then
        ' Create the output document
        Documents.Add

        Selection.TypeText "User-defined Styles In Use"
        Selection.TypeParagraph
        For J = 1 To iStyleCount
            Selection.TypeText sUserDef(J)
            Selection.TypeParagraph
        Next J
        Selection.TypeParagraph
        Selection.TypeParagraph
    Else
        MsgBox "No custom styles in use."
    End If
End Sub

Remember that there is a difference between "custom styles" and "customized styles." (A built-in style can be a customized style, if you change the default characteristics of the style.) This macro prints a list of custom styles; it completely ignores those styles that Word considers built in.

Note:

If you would like to know how to use the macros described on this page (or on any other page on the WordTips sites), I've prepared a special page that includes helpful information. Click here to open that special page in a new browser tab.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (8339) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Printing a List of Custom Styles.

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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2019-08-14 18:07:06

Jim Tortorelli

Is there a way to modify this to list the customized fonts?


2015-03-19 08:06:23

PS

macro fails at:

sUserDef(iStyleCount) = styItem.NameLocal


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