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Chapter 32. Getting Started with VBA > How VBA Relates to WordBasic

How VBA Relates to WordBasic

For all versions of Word for Windows through Word 95 (also known as Word 7.0), the macro language was WordBasic. Because WordBasic is also a dialect of the BASIC programming language, it has some similarity to VBA. However, there are substantial differences between the two languages, especially in the way that Word commands are performed in the two languages.

Although Word 97 and Word 2000 no longer directly support WordBasic, you don't necessarily have to recreate your old macros from scratch. When you open a Word 6 or Word 95 template in Word 97 or Word 2000, Word automatically translates the existing WordBasic macros into a format that VBA can use. You can even edit these converted macros if you need to make changes in their functionality.


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