Class Module problem in Word VBA

Dear Experts:

I'm doing VBA automation in Word 2010.  A few years ago while working at a different company I had a friend help me with a similar project.  He helped me figure out a solution which involves a Class Module.  Now it's not working and can't figure it out because I never quite understood how class modules work.  Actually, sometimes it works, which is even more maddening because I can't figure out a pattern.   Here's what I want to accomplish:

In response to a user choice, VBA opens a certain preview document.
Word "watches" for that document to close.
After it closes, VBA fires another macro.

The relevant parts of the code are below:

'In the main module:
Public wdPreview as Word.Document

Set wdPreview = Documents.Open(FileName:=filetoopen) 


'The following code is in a Class Module named wdClassEvents:
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Private WithEvents wdPreviewApp As Word.Application
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Private Sub Class_Initialize()
  Set wdPreviewApp = Word.Application
End Sub
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Private Sub wdPreviewApp_DocumentBeforeClose(ByVal Doc As Document, Cancel As Boolean)

If Not (wdPreview Is Nothing) Then
     If Doc = wdPreview Then    'It is our document
        wdPreview.Close
        Cancel = True
        Call AfterPreview
    End If
End If

End Sub

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Can you spot what might be missing or give me any pointers to get this to work consistently?  Many Thanks in advance.
Bryce BassettFreelance VBA programmerAsked:
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
You seem to be missing a declaration and instantiation of the Class that contains the application.
Option Explicit
'In the main module:
Dim wdAppClass As New Class1 'Class1 is the name of the Class module
Public wdPreview As Word.Document


Sub AutoExec()
    Set wdAppClass.wdPreviewApp = Word.Application
End Sub

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Here is a full article on the subject:
http://word.mvps.org/faqs/macrosvba/appclassevents.htm
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Bryce BassettFreelance VBA programmerAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  This is still a bit of a mystery to me, but by following your sample and the article, I got it to work.

I'm curious why you use Dim rather than Public when declaring wdAppClass the first time?

Thanks again.
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
For clarity, perhaps I should have explicitly used the word Public. Dim in the declaration section of modules is treated as Public. The word Private would have to be used if the variable is not meant to be Public.

Dims in form code are the opposite, and are the same as Private, so they are only accessible from the form code. If a Public variable is needed there, it must be explicitly declared as such.

Also, if you see the word Global used anywhere, be aware that that is precisely the same as Public.
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