Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Getting Bookmark Information in VBA.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 18, 2020)
Assuming the insertion point is located within a bookmark, John wonders how he can use VBA to discover the name of that bookmark and to select all the text within the bookmark.
There are a couple of tricks to keep in mind when working with bookmarks. First, it is best not to assume that the insertion point is within a bookmark. Instead, you can verify if it is within a bookmark by using the following code:
BkMkCount = Selection.Bookmarks.Count
When executed, BkMkCount will contain a value indicating the number of bookmarks. If you are expecting only a single bookmark, then you can verify that the variable is equal to 1 before you proceed with your code.
If you want to figure out the name of the bookmark, then you can use the following:
BkMkName = Selection.Bookmarks(1).Name
If you then want to select all the text in the bookmark, use the following:
To bring all these concepts together you can use a structure such as the following:
BkMkCount = Selection.Bookmarks.Count If BkMkCount = 1 Then With Selection.Bookmarks(1) BkMkName =.Name .Select End With End If
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