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WD97: Macro to List Custom Tab Stops in a Paragraph

Article ID: 173799

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173799


This article contains a sample Visual Basic for Applications Sub procedure (or macro) that lists the custom tab stops set in a selected paragraph.


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The following sample Visual Basic for Applications macro displays a message box that lists the custom tab stops (if any exist) in a selected paragraph:

    Sub GetCustomTabs()
      Dim sMsg As String
      Dim varTab As Variant
      ' Cycle through tab stops in selected paragraph.
      For Each varTab In Selection.Paragraphs.TabStops
         ' If a custom tab stop is encountered...
         If varTab.CustomTab = True Then
            ' Add to message variable & convert from points to inches.
            sMsg = sMsg & vbCrLf & "   " & _
               PointsToInches(varTab.Position) & Chr(34)
         End If
      ' If there are custom tabs, display the values.
      If sMsg <> "" Then
         MsgBox "Custom Tabs: " & sMsg
         ' Else display there are no custom tabs.
         MsgBox "No Custom Tabs."
      End If
   End Sub

For more information about CustomTab Property, click the Office Assistant while in the Visual Basic Editor, type CustomTab Property, click Search, and then click to view "CustomTab Property."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If the Assistant is not able to answer your query, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

176476 OFF: Office Assistant Not Answering Visual Basic Questions

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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