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Writing Word Macros, Second Edition by Steven Roman PhD

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Chapter 4. The Visual Basic Editor, Part II

In this chapter:

  • Navigating the IDE

  • Getting Help

  • Creating a Procedure

  • Run Mode, Design Mode, and Break Mode

  • Errors

  • Debugging

  • Macros

In this chapter, I conclude discussion of the Visual Basic Editor by moving from its basic organization to a discussion of how you use the Editor when programming. Again, you may want to read quickly through this chapter and refer to it later as needed.

Navigating the IDE

If you prefer the keyboard to the mouse (as I do), then you might want to use keyboard navigating shortcuts. Here are some tips.

General Navigation

The following keyboard shortcuts are used for navigating the IDE:

F7

Go to the Code window

F4

Go to the Properties window

Ctrl-R

Go to the Project window

Ctrl-G

Go to the Immediate window

Alt-F11

Toggle between Word and VB IDE

Navigating the Code Window at Design Time

Within the code window, the following keystrokes are very useful:

F1 Help on the item under the cursor.

Shift-F2

Go to the definition of the item under the cursor. (If the cursor is over a call to a function or subroutine, pressing Shift-F2 sends you to the definition of that procedure.)

Ctrl-Shift-F2

Return to the last position where editing took place.

Tracing Code

The following keystrokes are useful when tracing through code (discussed later):

F8 Step Into

Shift-F8

Step Over

Ctrl-Shift-F8

Step Out

Ctrl-F8

Run To Cursor

F5 Run

Ctrl-Break

Break

Shift-F9

Quick Watch

F9 Toggle Breakpoint

Ctrl-Shift-F9

Clear All Breakpoints

Bookmarks

It is also possible to insert bookmarks within code. A bookmark marks a location to which you can return easily. To insert a bookmark, or to move to the next or previous bookmark, use the Bookmarks submenu on the Edit menu. The presence of a bookmark is indicated by a small blue square in the left margin of the code.

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