Wrong macro is activated when text is hidden

Posted on 2014-04-27
Last Modified: 2014-04-27
I have the following text in a MS Word document:
{MACROBUTTON ToBeAddressed To be considered at a future visit}
	Medication changes:
	Add stretches, exercises
	Referal to: 
	Tobacco use: 
{MACROBUTTON Medications Medications}: 

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When the text
{MACROBUTTON ToBeAddressed To be considered at a future visit}
	Medication changes:
	Add stretches, exercises
	Referal to: 
	Tobacco use: 

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is hidden and I click on the field {MACROBUTTON Medications Medications} is clicked, the macro ToBeAddressed is activated instead of the macro Medications.

I have fixed this problem by adding this code(ToBeAddressed is in a bookmark called RecommendToBeAddressed):
Sub ToBeAddressed()
    If ActiveDocument.Bookmarks("RecommendToBeAddressed").Range.Font.Hidden = True Then
        Exit Sub
    End If

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Which runs the Medications sub instead. But I am constantly running into this problem and I wonder if there is a better way to handle it?
Question by:thenelson
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GrahamSkan earned 500 total points
ID: 40026024
Your workaround to this undocumented feature (i.e. bug) looks as good as any other.

One alternative would be to insert a non-hidden space in front of the second macrobutton field.
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Expert Comment

ID: 40026042
Actually if you put an unhidden space at the end at any of the intermediate lines, it would still work, but be completely unseen (without the slight indent that would result from my first suggestion).
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Author Closing Comment

ID: 40026314
I can't use an unhidden space at the end at any of the intermediate lines because all the lines between
     {MACROBUTTON ToBeAddressed To be considered at a future visit}
     {MACROBUTTON Medications Medications}:
are hidden.

But taking your idea, I placed a no width non break character (in special characters) in front of the
     {MACROBUTTON Medications Medications}:
and that took care of it. The no width non break character does not show up unless show all characters is selected and it does not print.

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