Characters.RunBegin property (Visio)

Returns the beginning index of a type of run—a sequence of characters that share a particular attribute, such as character, paragraph, or tab formatting; or a word, paragraph, or field. Read-only.

Syntax

expression.RunBegin (RunType)

expression A variable that represents a Characters object.

Parameters

Name Required/Optional Data type Description
RunType Required Integer The type of run to get.

Return value

Long

Remarks

In a ShapeSheet window, each row in the Character and Paragraph sections represents a run of the corresponding format in a shape's text. Certain words may be bold or italic, or one paragraph may be centered and another left-aligned. Each change of format represents a run of that format. Similarly, delimiters such as spaces and paragraph marks represent the beginning and end of words, paragraphs, and fields.

In addition, you can retrieve rows that represent runs of character, paragraph, and tab formats by specifying a row index as an argument to the CellsSRC property of a shape.

Use the RunBegin property to determine the beginning of a sequence of identically formatted characters or the beginning of a word, paragraph, or field. You can get the IsField property to determine whether a run is a field.

The index that the RunBegin property returns is less than or equal to the beginning index of a Characters object. If the Begin property of the Characters object is already at the start of a run, the value of the RunBegin property is equal to the value of Begin.

Use the RunType argument to specify the type of run you want. You can use any of the following constants declared by the Visio type library in member VisRunTypes.

Constant Value Description
visCharPropRow 1 Reports runs of characters with common character properties. Corresponds to the set of characters covered by one row in the shape's Character section.
visParaPropRow 2 Reports runs of characters with common paragraph properties. Corresponds to the set of characters covered by one row in the shape's Paragraph section.
visTabPropRow 3 Reports runs of characters with common tab properties. Corresponds to the set of characters covered by one row in the shape's Tabs section.
visWordRun 10 Reports runs whose boundaries are between successive words in the shape's text. Mimics double-clicking to select text.
visParaRun 11 Reports runs whose boundaries are between successive paragraphs in the shape's text. Mimics triple-clicking to select text.
visFieldRun 20 Reports runs whose boundaries are between characters that are and are not the result of the expansion of a text field, or between characters that are the result of the expansion of distinct text fields.

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