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OFF: Some ShapeRange Methods Do Not Work for Mixed ShapeRanges

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Article Last Modified on 1/19/2007


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When you run Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications code that executes certain ShapeRange methods on a selection of mixed shapes, such as a combination of pictures and OLE objects, you receive a run-time error. This problem occurs whether you create the procedure in the Visual Basic Editor or record it as a macro.


Some methods are designed to work with a single type of shape selection (msoPicture, msoEmbeddedOLEObject, and so on) rather than a mixed-shape selection (msoShapeTypeMixed).


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Check the Type property of the ShapeRange to determine whether it contains mixed shapes. The following code sample illustrates this technique.

   Sub CheckIfMixedShapes()
      If (ActiveWindow.Selection.ShapeRange.Type = msoShapeTypeMixed) Then
         ' Code to handle the mixed shape case goes here.
         MsgBox "Mixed shapes"
         ' Code to handle a same-shape selection goes here.
         MsgBox "Shapes are not mixed"
      End If
   End Sub


For more information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications

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