Macro Won't Limit Replacements to a Selection

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated October 31, 2020)
This tip applies to Word 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365


Roger recently updated from Word 2007 to Word 2019. In Word 2007 he created a macro that would, for text he selected, replace all hard returns with a space. It worked great, making the changes in just the selection. In Word 2019 it does the replacement not just in the selected text, but in the whole document. His macro has the .Wrap property of the Find object set to wdFindAsk, but it seems to be ignored. Roger wonders why the macro doesn't work the same in Word 2019 as it did in Word 2007.

This is, flat out, a bug in Word. It was first noticed in Word 2010, and has yet to be corrected by Microsoft. The problem is the use of wdFindAsk. Until such point as Microsoft decides to fix the problem (so that wdFindAsk works as it should), the only solution is to change the .Wrap property to wdFindStop, which causes the Find and Replace operation to stop at the end of the selected text.

There are also workarounds you can implement. The easiest would be to have your macro ask the user, before doing the Find and Replace operation, if just the selection should be affected or if the entire document should be affected. Based on the response, you could set the .Wrap property to wdFindStop or wdFindContinue, as appropriate. A different workaround that approximates the correct behavior of wdFindAsk can be found at this web page:

https://blogs.msmvps.com/wordmeister/2013/01/03/bug-word-2013-wdfindask/

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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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