Document.SelectNodes method (Word)

Returns an XMLNodes collection that represents all the nodes that match the XPath parameter in the order in which they appear in the document or range.


expression. SelectNodes( _XPath_ , _PrefixMapping_ , _FastSearchSkippingTextNodes_ )

expression Required. A variable that represents a Document object.


Name Required/Optional Data type Description
XPath Required String A valid XPath string. For more information on XPath, see the XPath reference documentation on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site.
PrefixMapping Optional Variant Provides the prefix in the schema against which to perform the search. Use the PrefixMapping parameter if your XPath parameter uses names to search for elements.
FastSearchSkippingTextNodes Optional Boolean True skips all text nodes while searching for the specified node. False includes text nodes in the search. Default value is False.

Return value



Setting the FastSearchSkippingTextNodes parameter to True diminishes performance, because Microsoft Word searches all nodes in a document against the text contained in the node.


The following example returns a collection of all book elements in the active document.

Dim objElements As XMLNodes 
Dim strElement As String 
Dim strPrefix As String 
strElement = "/x:catalog/x:book" 
strPrefix = "xmlns:x=""" & ActiveDocument _ 
 .XMLSchemaReferences(1).NamespaceURI & """" 
Set objElements = ActiveDocument _ 
 .SelectNodes(strElement, strPrefix)

See also

Document Object

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