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I have Windows 98-SE and am trying to learn macaros, but got error message that "VBAwrd8.hlp" was missing. Where do I get that file on the net and how do I install it into my VBA?
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Hi cma1,

The VBAWrd8.hlp file is a help file for Word Visual Basic for Applications. It come with the office 97 CD.

Normally it can be found under C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\
with the other Office help files. If you don't have it, that means you did not include it to be installed during setup. You have to rerun Office setup to add any VBA components.

Open the Microsoft Office Setup icon which is in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\, then click Add/Remove Programs

Now follow this path to install the Help for VBA for Word

Microsoft Word/ Change Option button
Help/ Change Option button
Check 'Help for Visual Basic', Click OK.

To do the same for Excel
Microsoft Excel/ Change Option button
Help and Sample Files/ Change Option button
Check 'Help for Visual Basic', Click OK.

You can also do this for Outlook & PowerPoint.

Good Luck
Calacuccia
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Thanks for the complete instructions. Unforunately they don't work because after I double click  the "Microsoft Word Setup" icon, I get a message "Insert Word CD1", which I do.
I then click "OK", but get an error messsage, saying it was trying to read from drive E:. But the CD-drive is F:
  There must be a way to simply copy the correct file from drive F: without using "Add/Remove" programs. Why go through that complication?
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Normally that 'Difficult' compilation is the easiest way, supposed your settings haven't changes since original installation. Also, the add/remove programs facility allows you to easily add & remove components. Often after a first standard installation, you don't know yet what you will want to do with the product and customizing is necessary afterwards.

I would try this step first (My reccomendation, you can go the other way too, see further)

Open Windows Explorer, goto F:, root of Office CD, open setup.exe
Now look if the Setup program finds your installed components and use the Add/Remove facility (if it doesnot show up, running setup this way does not work due to different versions, in my case it worked from f: and e: drive) as mentioned in my previous post.

To extract files directly from your CD:

The files should be on this path:
(F being the letter assigned to CD reader)
F:\Office\
The files to extract/copy are:
Vbaxl8.hlp  (Excel help VBA)
Vbawrd8.hlp (Word help VBA)
Vbappt8.hlp (PowerPoint help VBA)
Vbaoutl.hlp (Outlook help VBA) if needed
Vbaoff8.hlp (Office general help VBA)

I would in fact extract all files starting with vba... You will see there are some other files there with extensions .cnt and .aw and I believe those are needed for calling the correct help subject when putting cursor on  VBA command and pressing F1, very handy. Anyway, all those files will be put on your destination path (see below) by the Add/remove utility, so it really seems the way to go.

The destination folder is (as mentioned in previous post):
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\

That should solve your problem, either way you choose.
Calacuccia
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I got to this point but there was no path you mentioned, just a listing of the componenents on the Word97 CD that could be uninstalled or installed.
 I want to be careful not to uninstall anything. That is why this is such a dangerous procedure, since one ends up unistalling the very program one is trying to install.
 Do you want me to click on the Microsoft Word Program file button?
 Because I did not see any "Change Option" or "Help for Visual Basic"
     In F: there is no Office folder but there is F:\Word\Office\ , which contains 8 files starting with vba, e.g.,   grp8.cnt  grp8.hlp   off8.aw
off8.cnt  off8.hlp wrd8.aw  wrd8.cnt and
wrd8.hlp
 Should I copy any of these to the hard drive, and if so, to where should I copy them? And then how do I install them since I cannot use the Add/Remove?
     Thanks, CMA

Now follow this path to install the Help for VBA for Word

Microsoft Word/ Change Option button
Help/ Change Option button
Check 'Help for Visual Basic', Click OK.

To do the same for Excel
Microsoft Excel/ Change Option button
Help and Sample Files/ Change Option button
Check 'Help for Visual Basic', Click OK.

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You're absolutely right, if you don't see the 'Add/Remove' button, don't do it via setup. It will re-install and delete previous settings. We'll have to find the files in the CD itself and copy it to the right folder. The 8 files you mention (beginning with VBA) should all be transfered to the right path. - Sorry for not listening carefully to you, I saw you were talking about the Microsoft Word CD and not the MS Office CD, but thought that was a typo. -

Normally the destination path would be, as described above:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\

If you don't have that path, maybe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Word\
or
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Word\Office\
or
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Word\Office\
or something alike.

It's the path where other help files are located, you could find it also by doing a search for Wdmain8.hlp (Start/Find/Files or Folders/Type "Wdmain8.hlp"/Click OK button.

The path found, is where you have to put all help files.

No need to use Add/Remove or something similar, normally the help files can be used by double-clicking and from inside Word Visual Basic Editor, by hitting F1 when a keyword is highlighted.

Cheers
Calacuccia



 



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But But,

Maybe misread your last comment,

You said, "There is no path" !

In fact it's not a path, when you highlight Word, you should see a button named 'Change Option' on the right of the dialog, that's the one to click.

In fact that's what I meant by Change Option button (probably badly describedTo get this correct, you did see the 'Add & Remove' button when setup was started ?

If yes, there is no real danger as long as you take care not to uncheck any previously checked buttons.

Calacuccia
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I use the "Change Option" button but it is grayed out so that I cannot use it. Perahaps that is because I am using the Setup.exe file on the CD, not the one on my HD. The latter setup.exe file looks only at the wrong drive, E:
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Well, I guess that just leaves you with the copy from CD option.

Have you tried it yet ?
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Yes, I already copied it to the folder you told me to but was getting the error messages I gave you when I went into Visual Basic Editor.
  However, I created a shortcut to vbawrd8.hlp so I can at least use that for some assistance.
Thanks for your help.
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I would advise to run a new 'CUSTOM' setup for Word and/or Office 97 and select the components you wish to use.

Advantages:
1) You create a correct setup which will allow you in the future to re-organize your Office suite (add/remove components)
2) All the VBA help items will run correctly

If you don't have too many custom settings in Word & other applications, this should not create any problems.

Just be sure to first remove/uninstall your actual Office and make sure you still have the CD key. If not, stay where you are.

Calacuccia
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Thanks for the advice but it is much to risky as I have lots of custom settings, and don't want to uninstall the other Office programs.
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Thanks for closing this question, cma1.

I hope you're getting along well with learning VBA. You're always welcome to ask help if needed. For Office 97 VBA, you'll better go to this site, though
http://www1.experts-exchange.com/Computers/Applications/MS_Office/

(a lot more of Office specialised experts out there)


Cheers
Calacuccia
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Thanks Calacuccia, I meant to close this question a month ago, but just noticed today that I had not done so.
I just bought Excel 2000 upgrade and will install that over my Excel 97.
 I hope that the VBA in Excel 2000 will work more automatically, although I may be disappointed, as VBA may be part of Office 2000, not Excel 2000.
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It will work correctly if you set it up as needed. Be sure to run a CUSTOM (not Default) setup and to check all VBA help you can find in the several options.

Everything should work just fine.

Good Luck
Calacuccia
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