Solved

trigger Word macro by pressing space bar (only).  Don't want to use ctrl, F key, etc.

Posted on 2014-01-09
7
692 Views
Last Modified: 2014-01-14
I have a search and replace macro that I recorded in Word.  To integrate it into the work flow, I'd like to trigger it by a press on the space bar without having to use the ctrl key, etc.  That way, if there is a replacement to be done, it will happen as I type rather than having to interrupt my typing to press a special key combination.

I know about autotext.  I don't like it.  My macro is also for inserting blocks of text as well as individual words.  It's easier to organize what I am doing with the VBA code rather than mix up my text replacement with all the autotext prefab stuff.

This feature would be used on my work computer which is locked down by IT and doesn't allow me to install .exe files.  But I can work within the Office VBA environment.  Or maybe Office applications can use another scripting or programming technique.
0
Comment
Question by:rreiss60
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 5
7 Comments
 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:Paul Sauvé
ID: 39768628
If you use only the "space bar" as a macro shortcut, how do you intend to insert a space in your document? Every time you press the space bar, the macro will execute!
0
 
LVL 76

Expert Comment

by:GrahamSkan
ID: 39768709
Shortcut keystrokes have to begin with Alt or Ctrl, so you could run a macro from some such combination. Not a space, though.

I have looked at the extra events that can be used by creating a WithEvents application object, but the closest is SelectionChange, which is not triggered when typing in characters.
0
 

Author Comment

by:rreiss60
ID: 39769094
I figure that if there is no text to replace, the macro may execute but there is no visible effect since the find part of the macro doesn't find anything.  I just go on typing.
 
I found this code, but instead of Alt + 0, what would I put in for spacebar?

' \\ Code for Module1
Option Explicit
 
Sub AddKeyBinding()
    With Application
         ' \\ Do customization in THIS document
        .CustomizationContext = ThisDocument
         
         ' \\ Add keybinding to this document Shorcut: Alt+0
        .KeyBindings.Add KeyCode:=BuildKeyCode(wdKeyAlt, wdKey0), _
        KeyCategory:=wdKeyCategoryCommand, _
        Command:="TestKeybinding"
    End With
End Sub



 ' \\ Code for Module2
Option Explicit
 
 ' \\ Test sub for keybinding
Sub TestKeybinding()
    MsgBox "We have a winner", vbInformation, "Succes"
End Sub

My find and replace function would go in module 2.
0
Revamp Your Training Process

Drastically shorten your training time with WalkMe's advanced online training solution that Guides your trainees to action.

 

Author Comment

by:rreiss60
ID: 39769106
wdKeySpacebar is the answer.

Now I will put in my find and replace in module 2 instead of the msgbox.
0
 

Author Comment

by:rreiss60
ID: 39769982
Oops.  Need to disable keybinding after text replacement to restore normal spacebar function.  Any help appreciated.
0
 

Accepted Solution

by:
rreiss60 earned 0 total points
ID: 39770017
With FindKey(BuildKeyCode(wdKeySpacebar)
 MsgBox .Command & " is assigned to spacebar"
 .Disable

End With

This code doesn't restore spacebar to normal behavior.  Not sure what else to try.  Would code go in module 1 or 2?
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:rreiss60
ID: 39778800
expert comments didn't lead to successful resolution. I was able to come up with a portion of the answer I needed. Would have liked someone to follow up on what I started.
0

Featured Post

Instantly Create Instructional Tutorials

Contextual Guidance at the moment of need helps your employees adopt to new software or processes instantly. Boost knowledge retention and employee engagement step-by-step with one easy solution.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Lync meeting or Lync conferencing is what many organizations would like to deploy to allow them save money. But companies are now giving up for various reasons, one of which is that they cannot join external meetings (non-federated company meetings)…
Deploying a Microsoft Access application in a Citrix environment is not difficult but takes a few steps. However, Citrix system people are often of little help, as they typically know next to nothing about Access. The script provided here will take …
The viewer will learn how to make their project stand out over others by learning how to change colors and shapes, add spaces, change directions, and add bullets to their charts.
Learn how to create and modify your own paragraph styles in Microsoft Word. This can be helpful when wanting to make consistently referenced styles throughout a document or template.

738 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question