in MS Word VBA How can I apply one of the picture styles that appears on the ribbon for pictures

Posted on 2013-01-27
Last Modified: 2013-01-28
it seems that the picture styles listed on the ribbon are made up of a complex recipe of effects. Although Microsoft makes available the individual effects through vba that is not helpful enough because I don't have the time to figure out which efects to combine to get the beautiful picture styles Microsoft offers in its ribbon.

Using the macro recorder is of no use because it doesn't work when applying picture styles. Is there any place that reveals the secret ingredient of effects used to create the ribbon styles or is there away of applying them progromaticly using autohotkeys or some kind of scripting program? Keep in mind that I may have up to 200 pictures in a single word document to which I wish to aply the style to.
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by:Chris Bottomley
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Don't know if I can answer yet but what are you looking for, to apply a given style using VBA or to create your own style at run time?


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by:Chris Bottomley
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For a selection then try:

    Application.Selection.Style = ActiveDocument.Styles("Heading 1")

Alternativly to apply a paragraph style try:

    Application.Selection.Paragraphs(1).Style = ActiveDocument.Styles("Heading 1")

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Thanks but I mean picture styles
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by:Chris Bottomley
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ok, apologies.  i've never used anything of the sort and cannot say I have ever heard of or seen them.

Looking around at the interface and on t' web however the short answer seems to be no you cannot short of breaking down the effects of the style you want and applying each of the component properties independantly.


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I just had a thought perhaps after applying a picture style there is a way to cycle through all its properties and list them in the debug window so I can easily write a macro that sets all the appropriate properties to match the picture style
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kmslogic earned 450 total points
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You could put a single image in a document, format it how you want and then put


As a watch in the VBA editor for all modules.  From there you can expland it and look at the settings under things like pictureformat, reflection, etc. to get the settings you need.  You could then iterate through the inlineshapes in your actual document to adjust the images there.

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