Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. 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: Controlling Repagination in Macros.

Controlling Repagination in Macros

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 30, 2019)

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Ken asked if there is a way to turn off automatic repagination of a Word document while a macro is running. It turns out, in fact, that there are two ways you can handle this.

The first method is to use the Pagination property of the Options object. You can set this property to either True or False, as follows:

Options.Pagination = False

This property is the same as setting the Enable Background Repagination option in the General section of the Advanced options (in the Word Options dialog box). If the property is set to False, then Word does not perform any background repagination. You can later set the property to True to turn the feature back on.

The second method for handling automatic repagination is to simply turn off screen updating. If your macro does quite a bit of slicing and dicing on the document, this is always a good idea, anyway, as it stops Word from trying to update the display. In some cases, the speed improvement for your macro can be dramatic if you turn off screen updating. You control screen updating in this manner:

Application.ScreenUpdating = False

Again, the ScreenUpdating property can be set to either True or False. If set to False, screen updating is turned off. If you turn it off, you should always set ScreenUpdating to True before ending your macro.

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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 (9233) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Controlling Repagination in Macros.

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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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2014-05-14 11:38:26

Chris Canada

Hello Allen,

I wanted to let you know your tip above helped significantly in an issue we were having. We were turning off pagination when assembling the document from separate RTF files and then turning it on again before document load. This seems to have caused an increase in elapsed time to open the document with each new document. We use Word to edit medical cases and transcription occurs in each case.) Removing the pagination setting made the elapsed time at least constant.

Our setup is rather interesting. We have a custom ribbon for call backs to our application that uses some XML in a dotm file and some ini info from the application. The settings are split due to variances between cases. We have a macro that assembles the document to be displayed. The document is assembled from several RTF documents that contain medical detail.

What I'm seeing happen is most of the macro takes less than a second to run. The creation of the custom ribbon kicks off and seems to halt everything for 15 seconds. After the 15 seconds the macro completes and returns control to the application which then opens the assembled document.

My question to you is, have you seen anything like this?

Thank you for taking the time to read my post and I hope to hear from you.

Chris


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