How to set value to Plain Text Content Control in Microsoft Office using VBA

Look where the mouse is.

1. Click on “Developer (Tab Item)” in “Document1 – Word”.


2. Click on “Plain Text Content Control (Button)” in “Document1 – Word”


3. Click on “Visual Basic (Button)” in “Document1 – Word”


4. Double click on “ThisDocument (tree item)” in “Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications – Document1”.


5. Click on “Open (button)” in “Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications – Document1 – [ThisDocument (Code)]”. 


6. Click on “Document (list item)”.


7. Click on “ContentControlOnExit (list item)”.


8. Paste the follow code in the code pane.

Dim obj As ContentControl

Private Sub Document_ContentControlOnEnter(ByVal ContentControl As ContentControl)

  Set obj = ActiveDocument.ContentControls(2)

  obj.Title = “This is the only TextBox”

  obj.SetPlaceholderText Text:=”Enter Text Here “

  obj.Range.Text = “My Content Control!”

End Sub


Go back to the document and click on the Plain Text Content Control and click outside the Content Control then you will be able to see the effect.

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Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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