Changing the Names of Multiple Styles

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 28, 2021)


Normand has documents with up to 25-30 custom styles. The names of these styles start with the letters NB. He would like to rename the styles by changing the NB to NF. Normand knows how to do it one by one, but is looking for a way to batch process the changes.

This type of change is easy to do with a macro. Word makes available, to VBA, the name of each style which can also be change through the macro. Here's an example:

Sub ChangeStyleNames()
    Dim s As Style

    For Each s In ActiveDocument.Styles
        If Left(s, 2) = "NB" Then s = "NF" & Mid(s, 3)
    Next s
End Sub

The macro steps through each style in the document and, if the first two letters are "NB", changes those letters to "NF". Note that the macro only needs to work with individual style objects (denoted by the s variable), and that the NameLocal property doesn't need to be explicitly cited. This is because in the absence of an explicit property, the NameLocal property is the one automatically assumed by VBA.

The macro is very fast to run. In testing on a document with almost 400 styles, it took less than 2 seconds to complete. It checks all styles, both built-in and user-defined.


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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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2021-10-27 16:50:17

Doug Bond

I ran this code on my document and it only output built-in styles no custom styles:

Sub RenameLocalStyle()
' RenameLocalStyle Macro
Dim sty As Style
For Each sty In ActiveDocument.Styles
'If sty.BuiltIn = False Then
'sty.NameLocal = "A new style name"
Debug.Print sty
'If sty.NameLocal = "Document_Title" Then
' MsgBox sty.NameLocal
'End If
Next sty
End Sub

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