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Word VBA Textbox searching

Posted on 2011-10-05
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Using VBA with MS Word, I have a form with a textbox that contains some words with an ellipsis (". . .") in the text, for example as in
       "Chocolate is . . . drink."

I need to select the ellipsis so that when the user starts to type, his words will replace the ellipsis.  

I can use SetFocus to put the cursor in the textbox, but is there any easy (or hard) way I can get it to search for and select the ". . ." string?

Question by:JohnRobinAllen
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andrewssd3 earned 1000 total points
ID: 36921265
You need to set .Selstart and .Selstart as in this very simple example
Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()

    Dim x As Long
    With TextBox1
        x = InStr(1, .Value, "...")
        If x > 0 Then
            .SelStart = x - 1
            .SelLength = 3
        End If
    End With

End Sub

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Expert Comment

ID: 36921271
Sorry make that .SelStart and .SelLength

Author Comment

ID: 36921296
Thanks very, very much. I am sure your solution is correct, but I cannot test it until tomorrow morning. I have to leave right now but will be back in about fourteen hours.

Author Comment

ID: 36924473
andrewssd3's second comment makes no sense in that the routine already had those two words.

The first suggested solution was almost perfect, and when I changed the seventh line in it from
     x = InStr(1, .Value, "...")


     x = InStr(.Text, ". . .")

it worked perfectly. The initial "1" as an argument in the InStr is redundant, so I removed it.
Note that since ellipses should have spaces between the dots, I put them in the string and changed the line 10 to
    .SelLength = 5

A hearty, big thanks for such an easy and elegant solution.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 36924492
This is a most useful routine. My comments are explained elsewhere in the answers. The solution needed some tweaking, but the changes were minimal to make this a great contribution to our databank of solutions.
     Many many thanks.

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