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VBA Word macro - how to get characters after the searched for string

Last Modified: 2016-09-17
I am trying to create a macro which will find a reference number in the document and save as a variable but I cannot seem to find out how to do this.
The reference number will always be 5 characters after the word "Reference: " so I am hopefully looking for some simple code allong the lines of:
Content.Find.Text  = "Reference: " + 5

This is my code so far:
Dim c As Range
Dim startword As String
startword = "Reference: "
Set c = ActiveDocument.Content

With c.Find
.Text = startword
.Replacement.Text = ""
.Forward = True
.Wrap = wdFindStop
.Format = False
.MatchCase = False
.MatchWildcards = True
End With


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