Shapes.Range Method (Word)

Returns a ShapeRange object that represents the shapes within a range.


expression. Range( _Index_ )

expression Required. A variable that represents a 'Shapes' collection.


Name Required/Optional Data Type Description
Index Required Variant Specifies which shapes are to be included in the specified range. Can be an integer that specifies the index number of a shape within the Shapes collection, a string that specifies the name of a shape, or a array that contains integers or strings.

Return Value



A Shape object always appears on the same page as the range it is anchored to.

Note Most operations that you can do with a Shape object you can also do with a ShapeRange object that contains a single shape. Some operations, when performed on a ShapeRange object that contains multiple shapes, produce an error.


This example sets the fill foreground color to purple for the first shape in the active document.

Sub ShRange() 
 With ActiveDocument.Shapes.Range(1).Fill 
 .ForeColor.RGB = RGB(255, 0, 255) 
 .Visible = msoTrue 
 End With 
End Sub

This example applies a shadow to a variable shape in the active document.

Sub ShpRange2(strShpName As String) 
 ActiveDocument.Shapes.Range(strShpName).Shadow.Type = msoShadow6 
End Sub

To call the preceding subroutine, enter the following code into a standard code module.

Sub CallShpRange2() 
 Dim shpArrow As Shape 
 Dim strName As String 
 Set shpArrow = ActiveDocument.Shapes.AddShape(Type:=msoShapeLeftArrow, _ 
 Left:=200, Top:=400, Width:=50, Height:=75) 
 shpArrow.Name = "myShape" 
 strName = shpArrow.Name 
 ShpRange2 strShpName:=strName 
End Sub

This example selects shapes one and three in the active document.

Sub SelectShapeRange() 
 ActiveDocument.Shapes.Range(Array(1, 3)).Select 
End Sub

This example selects and deletes the shapes in the first shape in the active document. This example assumes that the first shape is a canvas shape.

Sub CanvasShapeRange() 
 Dim rngCanvasShapes As Range 
 Set rngCanvasShapes = ActiveDocument.Shapes(1).CanvasItems.Range(1) 
End Sub

See also

Shapes Collection Object