TextFrame.Characters method (Excel)

Returns a Characters object that represents a range of characters within a shape's text frame. Use the Characters object to add and format characters within the text frame.


expression.Characters (Start, Length)

expression An expression that returns a TextFrame object.


Name Required/Optional Data type Description
Start Optional Variant The first character to be returned. If this argument is either set to 1 or omitted, the Characters method returns a range of characters starting with the first character.
Length Optional Variant The number of characters to be returned. If this argument is omitted, the Characters method returns the remainder of the string (everything after the character that was set as the Start argument).

Return value



The Characters object isn't a collection.


This example formats as bold the third character in the first shape's text frame on the active worksheet.

With ActiveSheet.Shapes(1).TextFrame 
 .Characters.Text = "abcdefg" 
 .Characters(3, 1).Font.Bold = True 
End With

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