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Access Word Fill-In fields through name

Posted on 2004-10-19
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Hey,

I have a Word Document Template that contains fill-in fields. Now, I'm able to access these fields through VB using the Word Object Library. The only problem I have, is that of what I can see on the WORD DOM, I can only access those fields using there numerical index (Document.Fields(1).Range.Text). Problem is that looking at the docuemtn with Word, there is no way for me to determine what is each of the field's index. I thought they were index by the way they were disposed but no.

I'm looking for a way in VB to access those fields using there name or Bookmark or something.

Thanks
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by:jimbobmcgee
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I'm sure you already have but, in case you haven't, try:

     Document.Fields("myfieldname").Range.Text

as you would with, say, the Excel Sheets collection...

J.
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by:dabitbol
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No, actually it's Document.Fields.Item(i).Range.Text and it can only be an integer. I tried already thanks anyway.
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by:jimbobmcgee
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>> Document.Fields("myfieldname").Range.Text

Scratch that, the fields don't appear to have Name properties.  You could always try this workaround function:

    Function GetFieldNumber(TextInPrompt As String) as Long
   
        'THIS FUNCTION GETS THE FIRST FIELD WITH THE SPECIFIED PROMPT CONTENT
       
        For fld = 1 To ThisDocument.Fields.Count
       
            checkcode = ThisDocument.Fields(fld).Code
            If InStr(1, checkcode, TextInPrompt) <> 0 Then GetFieldNumber = fld
           
        Next fld
   
    End Function

Now you could get the index number of a field that contained 'myPrompt01' in its code, with

    fieldnum = GetFieldNumber("myPrompt01")

or use it inline, with

    ThisDocument.Fields(GetFieldNumber("myPrompt01")).Result

HTH

J.
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by:dabitbol
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I'll try that in about an hour, I have to leave, thanks, looks good!
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jimbobmcgee earned 250 total points
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Another implementation of the same thing:

    Function GetFieldNumber(TextInCode As String) As Long
   
        'THIS FUNCTION GETS THE LAST FIELD WITH THE SPECIFIED PROMPT CONTENT
       
        Dim checkcode, fld        

        For Each fld In ThisDocument.Fields
       
            checkcode = fld.Code
           
            If InStr(1, checkcode, TextInCode) <> 0 Then
                GetFieldNumber = fld.Index
            End If
           
        Next fld
   
    End Function

If you prefer to use For Each..., instead of For...

J

(NB:  Both functions will actually return the LAST field to contain that prompt in its code.  If you want the first one, place an Exit Function command before End If...)
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by:dabitbol
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Thanks, I didn't do it quite like this, but I am giving you the points for your prompt response and effort.

Thanks!
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by:jimbobmcgee
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Thanks for the points; how did you do it, in the end?

J.
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by:dabitbol
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You have to use FormFields and not Fields. FormFields can be accessed with there bookmark name.

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