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Creating a New Document in VBA

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 25, 2018)

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One of the common things done during a macro is to create a new document. For instance, your macro could need the new document to hold processed text, or a different version of the document on which you are working.

To create a new document, simply include this line in your VBA macro:

Documents.Add

This creates a new document, based on Normal.Dot, adds it to the Documents collection, and makes the document active. This is the same as clicking the New button on the toolbar. If you want to create a new document based on a different template, simply use this command:

Documents.Add("MyTemplate.dot")

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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 (12725) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Creating a New Document in VBA.

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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 two more than 9?

2015-06-04 14:09:58

Marcel Marien

I would find it helpful to find on the Document.Add page a hint about how to address a newly added document. Not every time the document name "Document1" will be assigned.


2014-10-14 19:07:10

Ryan G

Hi,
I have been trying to figure out how to do something and thought you might know.
I am trying to create a new document from a template within another Word Document.
If I call Word.Documents.Add template:="C:TemplatesTest.dotm", the new document opens based on that template but the calling document is locked until that new document is closed.
If I can Word.Documents.Open filename="C:Templatestest.dotm", it opens in its own window and the original document is able to be edited.
I need to be able to create a new document based on a template from within a template without adding it to the Documents collection. Is this possible in VBA? Any suggestions are appreciated.


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