Much ado about Office

20 October 2009

Why I don’t like the Watermark gallery in Word 2007

Introduction

Printed watermarks in Word 2003 worked fine for me. They appeared on every page of every section in a document. Regardless of whether or not you have link to previous in the headers. However in Word 2007 (and the Word 2010 Tech Preview) without Link to Previous checked, a watermark applied from the Gallery will only place itself into the section of the current selection. Luckily we still have the Custom Watermark dialog which behaves like it did in Word 2003. To remedy this stupid behaviour of the gallery I decided to write a fix button in VBA and add it to a custom ribbon tab.

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16 October 2009

Word 2007 VBA – Bug using .Shapes in Section Headers

Intro to the problem

When using .Shapes in the Header to add certain objects such as a Picture the object will only ever appear in the first section when the following sections are not linked. This happens regardless of how you specify the anchor. Fortunately there is a method to get around this flaw which I believe is also present in 2003.

Following is a list of what is and isn’t affected and two workarounds; a short workaround that can be incorporated into a simple code base, and a long workaround which can replace the .AddPicture method altogether.

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