Selection.MoveLeft method (Word)

Moves the selection to the left and returns the number of units it has been moved.


expression. MoveLeft( _Unit_ , _Count_ , _Extend_ )

expression Required. A variable that represents a Selection object.


Name Required/Optional Data type Description
Unit Optional WdUnits The unit by which the selection is to be moved.The default value is wdCharacter.
Count Optional Variant The number of units the selection is to be moved. The default value is 1.
Extend Optional Variant Can be either wdMove or wdExtend. If wdMove is used, the selection is collapsed to the endpoint and moved to the left. If wdExtend is used, the selection is extended to the left. The default value is wdMove.


When the Unit is wdCell, the Extend argument will only be wdMove.


This example moves the selection one character to the left. If the move is successful, MoveLeft returns 1.

If Selection.MoveLeft = 1 Then MsgBox "Move was successful"

This example enables field shading for the selected field, inserts a DATE field, and then moves the selection left to select the field.

ActiveDocument.ActiveWindow.View.FieldShading = _ 
With Selection 
 .Fields.Add Range:=Selection.Range, Type:=wdFieldDate 
 .MoveLeft Unit:=wdWord, Count:=1 
End With

This example moves the selection to the previous table cell.

If Selection.Information(wdWithInTable) = True Then 
 Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdCell, Count:=1, Extend:=wdMove 
End If

See also

Selection Object

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