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Determining a Paragraph's Style in VBA

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated November 21, 2022)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365


Word allows you to use styles to format both paragraphs and individual characters in your document. These styles can greatly simplify the consistent application of formatting across an entire document. If you are writing a VBA macro, you may have a need to determine the name of the style applied to a particular paragraph. You can do that by using the Style property with a Paragraph object, as follows:

sParStyle = ActiveDocument.Paragraphs(J).Style

When this line is executed, sParStyle (a string variable) will contain the name of the style used on the document paragraph specified by the index value J. In other words, if J has a value of 5, then sParStyle will contain the name of the style used for the fifth paragraph in the document. (When counting paragraphs, don't forget that "empty" paragraphs are also significant. Paragraphs, in Word, are determined by each press of the Enter key.)

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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 (11363) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Determining a Paragraph's Style in VBA.

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