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Microsoft KB Archive/248644

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Article ID: 248644

Article Last Modified on 1/9/2007


  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q248644


In Word 2000 Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), when you use the PageSetup property to retrieve page setup information, you receive the following error message:

Run-time error 4605: This command is not available.


This problem occurs when all of the following conditions are true:

  • The section contains a frame.
  • The frame contains a table.
  • The frame is anchored to the first paragraph in the section.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Office 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

276367 OFF2000: How to Obtain the Latest Office 2000 Service Pack


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In your code, access the first paragraph in the section. Then retrieve the page setup information though the PageSetup object under the Paragraph.Range object. For example:

    Public Sub FrameTest()
      Dim sec As Section
       For Each sec In ActiveDocument.Sections
          MsgBox sec.Range.Paragraphs(1).Range.PageSetup.Orientation
    End Sub

This macro steps through all sections in the document and displays the page orientation (0 for Portrait or 1 for Landscape) in a message box.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Office 2000 Service Pack 2.


Steps to Reproduce the Problem

  1. In Word 2000, open a new document.
  2. Press ENTER, so that there are two paragraphs in the document.
  3. On the Tools menu, point to Macro and then click Macros.
  4. In the Macro Name text box, type InsertFrame and then click Run. The insertion point now changes to a cross.
  5. Draw a frame.
  6. Drag the anchor of the frame to the first paragraph in the document.
  7. Insert a table into the frame.
  8. Press ALT+F11 to start the Visual Basic Editor.
  9. On the Insert menu, click Module to insert a new module.
  10. In the module, type the following VBA code:

        Public Sub FrameTest() 
          Dim sec As Section
           For Each sec In ActiveDocument.Sections
              MsgBox sec.PageSetup.Orientation
        End Sub 
  11. Run the macro.

    Result: You receive the error message listed in the "Symptoms" section of this article.

Additional query words: wd2000 word2000 vba pagesetup ermsg Run time error 4605 This command is not available

Keywords: kbbug kbfix kboffice2000presp2fix kboffice2000sp2fix kbqfe KB248644