Assigning a macro to the tab key

Article contributed by Bill Coan

Since the TAB key isn't accepted as a legitimate choice in the Customize dialog, use a macro to make the assignment.

Notes
The following macro assigns the tab key to a macro called MacroNameGoesHere. Simply replace
MacroNameGoesHere with the name of the macro that you want to run and you'll be all set, except for the limitations noted afterward.

Code
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Sub AssignTabKey()
    KeyBindings.Add KeyCode:=BuildKeyCode(wdKeyTab), KeyCategory:= _
    wdKeyCategoryMacro, Command:="MacroNameGoesHere"
End Sub

Limitation #1
When the cursor is situated in a table cell, the tab key isn't interpreted as a tab key. Instead, it is interpreted as a NextCell command. If you want to control the action of the tab key in this situation, you must create a subroutine called NextCell. For example:

Sub NextCell()
    'Code listed here will control tab key inside a table cell
End Sub

Limitation #2
When the cursor is situated in a form field in a protected section of a protected document, the tab key isn't interpreted as a tab key. Instead, it executes a built-in routine that lies beyond vba's reach.


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