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: Removing All Bookmarks.

Removing All Bookmarks

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 7, 2017)

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Some people absolutely love bookmarks. They do come in handy, but if someone else set bookmarks in a document, you may not need them once you get the document from them. If there are many, many bookmarks set (remember, we are talking about people who really love bookmarks), removing them all one at a time can be rather tedious.

If you find yourself in this situation, you will want to keep the following macro handy. It examines the active document (the one you are looking at) and removes all the bookmarks within it.

Sub RemoveAllBookmarks()
    Dim objBookmark As Bookmark

    For Each objBookmark In ActiveDocument.Bookmarks
        objBookmark.Delete
    Next
End Sub

You should note that this simply deletes the bookmark, not any text referenced by the bookmark.

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WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9004) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Removing All Bookmarks.

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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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2014-01-07 07:56:49

Bryan

@CaroleJean: The "If ActiveDocumnt.Bookmarks.Count >=1 Then / End If" lines are unnecessary if you are going to use a For Each loop. That's really the whole reason to use a For Each loop.


2014-01-06 09:15:01

CaroleJean

This macro will delete all bookmarks including hidden bookmarks.

Sub RemoveAllBookmarks()
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


2014-01-04 14:01:40

Ken Endacott

Word creates hidden bookmarks for such things as links from Table of Contents and deleting them could affect the document in unexpected ways. The following macro will delete only user created bookmarks and not hidden bookmarks
Sub RemoveAllBookmarks()
Dim objBookmark As Bookmark

For Each objBookmark In ActiveDocument.Bookmarks
if left(objBookmark.name,1) <> "_" then objBookmark.Delete
Next
End Sub


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