Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Transposing Two Words.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 2, 2018)
It is not uncommon, when editing a document, to transpose two adjacent words. For instance, you may want the text "often used" to be "used often" instead. Word has no native capability to transpose two words, but you can create a macro that will do the transposition for you. The following macro, called Transpose, accomplishes the task:
Sub Transpose() Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdWord, Count:=1, Extend:=wdExtend Selection.Cut Selection.MoveRight Unit:=wdWord, Count:=1 Selection.Paste Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdWord, Count:=1 End Sub
To use the macro, all you need to do is position the insertion point between the two words you want to transpose and then run the macro. The macro selects the word to the left of the insertion point and cuts it. It then moves one word to the right and pastes the word it previously cut.
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