MoveLeft Method

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

expression.MoveLeft(Unit, Count, Extend)

expression Required. An expression that returns a Selection object.


Can be one of the following WdUnits constants.





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 end point 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

Applies to | Selection Object

See Also | Move Method | MoveEnd Method | MoveRight Method | StartOf Method