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Article Last Modified on 1/19/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

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This article lists some of the operating parameter limits of Word 97 and Visual Basic for Applications.


Visual Basic for Applications Limits

   Operating parameter                   Limit

   Macro size                            Limited only by available memory

   Number of macros per template         150

   Number of global macros               150

   Length of variable, subroutine,
   and user-defined function names       80

   Length of string variables            65,280 characters

   Highest number                        1.7976931348623 x 10308

   Number of nesting levels for
   conditionals and loops                16

   Number of nesting levels for
   calls to subroutines or functions
   in another macro                      5

   Number of arguments that can be
   passed to a subroutine or function    20

Word Limits

   Operating parameter                   Limit

   Number of open windows                Limited only by available memory

   Maximum file size                     32 MB (see note 1)

   Number of words in custom
   dictionaries                          5,000

   Maximum custom dictionary
   file size                             65,593 bytes (64KB)
   Main dictionary (U.S. English)        137,000 words

   Thesaurus (U.S. English)              44,000 key words

   Thesaurus (U.S. English)              458,000 synonyms

   Length of bookmark names              40 characters

   Number of bookmarks per document      16,379

   Length of AutoText entry names
   (including spaces)                    32 characters

   Number of AutoText entries per        limited by template file
   document template                     size/available memory

   Number of global AutoText entries     limited by template file
                                         size/available memory

   Length of style names                 255 characters

   Number of styles per document
   or template                           10,000

   Number of fields per document         32,000

   Number of general switches in
   a field                               10

   Number of field-specific switches
   in a field                            10

   Number of nesting levels for fields   20

   Number of subdocuments in a master
   document                              255

   Number of columns in a table          63

   Number of newspaper columns           45 (number of columns is affected
                                         by page size and margin settings)

   Number of tabs set in a paragraph     64

   Minimum page height                   0.1 inch

   Maximum page height                   22 inches

   Minimum page width                    0.1 inch

   Maximum page width                    22 inches

   Number of custom toolbars             Limited only by available memory

   Number of custom toolbar buttons      Limited only by available memory

   Number of characters per line         768

   Minimum Font size                     1 point

   Maximum Font size                     1,638 point (22 inches)

   Number of fonts per document          32,767

   Amount of space between characters    1,584 point

   Distance text can be raised or
   lowered                               1,584 point

   Maximum color palette                 256 colors

   Maximum number of Font Colors         16 (auto not included)

   Default CacheSize                     64K

   Default Bitmap Cache (Bitmapmemory)   1 MB

Note: Maximum File Size

The maximum file size is limited to 32 MB for the total document text only and does not include graphics regardless of how the graphic is inserted (Link to file, Save with document, or Float over text) into the document. Therefore, if the file contains graphics, the maximum file size can be larger than 32 MB. Note: This maximum file size is different from previous versions of Word.

For additional information about graphic compression, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

132271 Importing Bitmaps: Determining Size and Memory Requirements

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