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WD: Macro to Replace Font Formatting

Article ID: 170729

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q170729


The following Microsoft Word Visual Basic for Applications macro sample can be used to change all characters formatted in one font to another font. For example, you can use this macro to change all characters that originally occur in Times New Roman to a font such as Arial.


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NOTE: The font names in the following macro must be spelled as they appear in the dialog box that appears when you click Font on the Format menu. This macro does not affect the point size of the font.

   Sub ReplaceFont()
      With Selection.Find
         ' Clear all previously set formatting for Find dialog box.
         ' Set font to Find for replacement.
         .Font.Name = "Times New Roman"
         ' Clear all previously set formatting for Replace dialog box.
         ' Set font to Replace found font.
         .Replacement.Font.Name = "Arial"
         ' Don't find or replace any text.
         .Text = ""
         .Replacement.Text = ""
         ' The following parameters must be set as follows
         ' to find only text formatted for the specified font.
         .Forward = True
         .Wrap = wdFindContinue
         .Format = True
         .MatchCase = False
         .MatchWholeWord = False
         .MatchWildcards = False
         .MatchSoundsLike = False
         .MatchAllWordForms = False
      End With
      ' Perform the find and replace.
      Selection.Find.Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll
   End Sub

NOTE: This macro does not prompt you before it changes the font. In order to be prompted to replace each occurrence of the font, replace the wdFindContinue constant in the .Wrap = statement with the wdFindAsk constant.

If you set the .Wrap = wdFindAsk, it still changes the entire document without prompting the user. Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Word 97 for Windows. This problem was corrected in Microsoft Word 97 Service Release 1 (SR-1).

For additional information about SR-1, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

172475 OFF97: How to Obtain and Install MS Office 97 SR-1

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

173707 OFF97: How to Run Sample Code from Knowledge Base Articles

Additional query words: wordcon SR1 release1 vb vba vbe

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