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Saving a Document in a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 26, 2018)

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If you want to save a document under control of your macro, you can use the Save method. This is the same as choosing the Save command from the File menu, so it will display the Save As dialog box if the document you are saving has not been previously saved. The syntax is as follows:

ActiveDocument.Save

If you want to save the document to a file with a new name, use the following basic syntax:

ActiveDocument.SaveAs FileName:="filename"

where filename is the full name (including a path) that you want used for the file.

Note:

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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 (11841) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Saving a Document in a Macro.

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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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What is five more than 2?

2016-08-13 04:45:39

Chris Finn

I've always done it that way, it is intuitive. However, I'd like to ask -

Is there any way to use a variable filename instead of overwriting the previous file each time?
Something like
SaveAs FileName:="'my file'&TODAY()" perhaps?


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