FormFields Collection is Empty

Posted on 2003-02-24
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Last Modified: 2010-05-01
I simply want to access the contents of a TextBox and a ListBox on an existing document, but the FormFields collection is always empty even though the document has a TextBox called TextBox1 and a ListBox called ListBox1. What's the stupid error here? The code is as follows:-

Dim wordApp As New word.Application
Dim wordDoc As word.Document

Set wordDoc = wordApp.Documents.Open("c:\temp\MS Forms\gary.doc")
MsgBox wordDoc.FullName //this is correct
MsgBox wordDoc.FormFields.Count //this is zero

Question by:GaryDC
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Expert Comment

ID: 8009938
You may be using the VBA controls for a Listbox and a Textbox and not Word Form Fields. Word Form Fields look like flat grey areas on your document. VBA Controls look like the real thing.

Why do you want the number of form fields in your document?
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Accepted Solution

bobbit31 earned 200 total points
ID: 8009961
try this instead:

For i = 0 To wdDoc.Content.InlineShapes.Count
    MsgBox wdDoc.Content.InlineShapes(i).OLEFormat.Object.Value '' the value of the control

Author Comment

ID: 8010008
Well they look like the real thing. In that case could you please give me a quick pointer to accessing VBA controls?

I don't actually want the number of fields, it was just a concise way of demonstrating that it wasn't working!

Author Comment

ID: 8015854
Up and running - thank you both

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