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: Moving the Insertion Point in a Macro.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 4, 2018)
VBA allows you to use commands to move the insertion point up, down, left, and right within your document. You do this by using the MoveUp, MoveDown, MoveLeft, and MoveRight methods. You must then specify the type of units you want to move, as well as how many. The basic syntax is as follows:
Selection.direction Unit:=units, Count:=num, Extend:=extension
where direction is one of the methods (MoveUp, MoveDown, MoveLeft, or MoveRight). If you are using the MoveUp or MoveDown methods, you can use units of wdLine, wdParagraph, wdWindow, or wdScreen. If you are using the MoveLeft or MoveRight methods, you can use units of wdCharacter, wdWord, or wdSentence. The num setting indicates how many of the units you want to move the insertion point. The extension value is either wdMove (if you only want to move the insertion point) or wdExtend (if you want to enlarge the selection by your movement).
As an example, let's say you want to move the insertion point to the right by five characters. The proper command to do this would be the following:
Selection.MoveRight Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=5, Extend:=wdMove
If you instead want to move the insertion point up two paragraphs, and select the text from the current insertion point location to the new one, you would use the following line:
Selection.MoveUp Unit:=wdParagraph, Count:=2, Extend:=wdExtend
You can similarly construct other movement commands for your macro.
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