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WD97: Macro to Count Number of Document Paragraphs and Lines

Article ID: 170732

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q170732


The number of paragraphs and lines in a document can be counted and displayed using a Visual Basic for Applications macro. To access this information from a macro, see the following example.


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There are several methods that you can use to return the number of paragraphs for a document using Visual Basic for Applications properties and collections.

   Sub LinesAndParagraphsCount()
      Dim AD As Document
      Dim DP As Object
      Set AD = ActiveDocument
      Set DP = AD.BuiltInDocumentProperties
      ' Method 1 - Returns the number of paragraphs in a document.
      MsgBox "There are " & AD.Paragraphs.Count & " paragraphs."
      ' Method 2 - Returns the number of paragraphs and lines in a
      '            document.
      MsgBox "There are " & DP("Number Of Paragraphs") & " paragraphs."
      MsgBox "There are " & DP("Number Of Lines") & " lines."
      ' Method 3 - Returns the number of selected paragraphs and lines
      '            in a document.
      nParas = Selection.Paragraphs.Count
      nLines = Selection.Range. _
      MsgBox "The selection contains " & nParas & " paragraphs."
      MsgBox "The selection contains " & nLines & " lines."
   End Sub

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

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


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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