InlineShapes Collection Object

Word Developer Reference

A collection of InlineShape objects that represent all the inline shapes in a document, range, or selection.


Use the InlineShapes property to return the InlineShapes collection. The following example converts each inline shape in the active document to a Shape object.

Visual Basic for Applications
  For Each iShape In ActiveDocument.InlineShapes
Next iShape

Use the New method to create a new picture as an inline shape. You can use the AddPicture and AddOLEObject methods to add pictures or OLE objects and link them to a source file. Use the AddOLEControl method to add an ActiveX control.

Shape objects are anchored to a range of text but are free-floating and can be positioned anywhere on the page. You can use the ConvertToInlineShape method and the ConvertToShape method to convert shapes from one type to the other. You can convert only pictures, OLE objects, and ActiveX controls to inline shapes.

The Count property for this collection in a document returns the number of items in the main story only. To count items in other stories use the collection with the Range object.

When you open a document created in an earlier version of Word, pictures are converted to inline shapes.

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