There are several ways to assign an existing Range object to a variable. This topic explains the results of two different techniques. In the following examples, the
Range2 variables refer to Range objects. For example, the following instructions assign the first and second words in the active document to the
Set Range1 = ActiveDocument.Words(1) Set Range2 = ActiveDocument.Words(2)
Setting a Range object variable equal to another Range object variable
This following instruction assigns a range variable named
Range2 to represent to the same location as
Set Range2 = Range1
You now have two variables that represent to the same range. When you manipulate the start or end point or the text of
Range2, it affects
Range1 and vice versa.
Note that the following instruction is the same as
Range2.Text = Range1.Text. This instruction assigns the default property of
Range1, which is the Text property, to the default property of
Range2. It doesn't change what the objects actually refer to.
Range2 = Range1
The ranges (
Range1) have the same contents, but they may point to different locations in the document or even different documents.
Using the Duplicate property
The following instruction creates a new duplicated Range object,
Range2, which has the same start and end points and text as
Set Range2 = Range1.Duplicate
If you change the start or end point of
Range1, it doesn't affect
Range2, and vice versa. Because these two ranges point to the same location in the document, changing the text in one range affects the text in the other range.