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WD97: Macro to Generate List of Available Fonts in Word

Article ID: 170970

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q170970


This article contains a Visual Basic for Applications macro that generates a list of the fonts available to Microsoft Word, and displays a sample of each font.

The font list generated by this macro depends on the printer selected in the Print dialog box(On the File menu click Print.)


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The following sample Visual Basic for Applications macro creates a new blank document, and inserts a sample of each available font:

   Sub ListFonts()
      Dim varFont As Variant
      ' Speeds macro processing and suppresses display.
      Application.ScreenUpdating = False
      ' Create new document.
      Documents.Add Template:="normal"
      ' Loop through each available font.
      For Each varFont In FontNames
         With Selection
            ' Format for name of font.
            .Font.Name = "times new roman"
            .Font.Bold = True
            .Font.Underline = True
            ' Insert Font name.
            .TypeText varFont
            ' Insert a new paragraph after the Font Name.
            ' Move to the new paragraph.
            .MoveDown unit:=wdParagraph, Count:=1, Extend:=wdMove
            ' Format for the font example.
            .Font.Bold = False
            .Font.Underline = False
            .Font.Name = varFont
            ' Enter example text(Alphabetic characters.)
            .TypeText "abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz"
            ' Insert a new paragraph.
            ' Move to the new paragraph.
            .MoveDown unit:=wdParagraph, Count:=1, Extend:=wdMove
            ' Insert example text(Numeric characters.)
            .TypeText "0123456789?$%&()[]*_-=+/<>"
            ' Insert two new paragraphs and move down.
            .MoveDown unit:=wdParagraph, Count:=1, Extend:=wdMove
         End With
      Next varFont
      Application.ScreenUpdating = True
   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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