Microsoft Word/Word 2007


QUESTION: Dear Suzanne
Thanks for your advice on the issue of turning off the automatic updating of styles in Word 2007, which you have posted elsewhere. I can follow most of the instructions but would be grateful for more help in the changing the macro in Visual Basic, which I haven't been able to do.
The instructions are:
Press Alt+F11 to display the Visual Basic Editor. Press Ctrl+G to show the Immediate Window.
Type: ActiveDocument.Styles(wdStyleNormal).AutomaticallyUpdate = False
Press Enter, and save the document.

Unfortunately I don't understand these instructions, as I don't understand Visual Basic and the Alt+F11 doesn't work on my PC. Can you explain in a little more detail?



ANSWER: If Alt+F11 doesn't work, then you may not have installed VBA as part of your Office installation. If that's the case, then you won't be able to open the VBE unless you do a "Change" install of Office to install VBA.

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QUESTION: Thanks Suzanne. I can access VBE through the Macros tab on the Word 2007 ribbon, but after that I am stumped!

Best wishes


Well, after you open the editor, just follow the instructions you cited:

Press Ctrl+G to show the Immediate window.

Type (or paste): ActiveDocument.Styles(wdStyleNormal).AutomaticallyUpdate = False

Press Enter.

Close the VBE and save the document.

To be clear, this is not necessary for any style except the Normal style; automatic updating can be disabled in any other style through the UI.
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

Rotary Club of Fairhope, Friends of the Fairhope Public Library

B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

Awards and Honors
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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