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Microsoft KB Archive/171129

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Article ID: 171129

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q171129


When you use the AutoTextEntries property to create AutoText entries, you may receive the following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications error message:

Run-time error '5854': String parameter too long.


By design, this error message occurs when the text string is longer than 255 characters.


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To work around this problem, modify the macro to insert the text string into the document, select it, add the selection as an AutoText entry, and then remove the text string. The following sample Visual Basic for Applications macro demonstrates this procedure:

   Sub AutoTextEntryExample()
      Dim sATName As String
      Dim sATEntry As String
      Dim sATNewEntry As AutoTextEntry

      ' Sample AutoText Entry Name.
      sATName = "ExampleAutoTextEntryName"
      ' Sample AutoText Entry Text of 500 characters.
      sATEntry = String(500, "A")

      If Documents.Count = 0 Then Documents.Add
      If Len(sATEntry) < 256 Then
         ' If the length of the text is less than 256 characters,
         ' add it as a new AutoText Entry.
         Set sATNewEntry = NormalTemplate.AutoTextEntries.Add _
         (Name:=sATName, Range:=Selection.Range)
         sATNewEntry.Value = sATEntry
         ' If the length of the text is greater than 255 characters,
         ' insert it into the active document and add it as a new
         ' AutoText Entry.
         With Selection.Range
            .Text = sATEntry
            NormalTemplate.AutoTextEntries.Add _
               Name:=sATName, Range:=Selection.Range
         End With
      End If
   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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