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OpenOffice Basic

OpenOffice Basic (formerly known as StarOffice Basic or StarBasic or OOoBasic) is a dialect of the LibreOffice (where it is known as LibreOffice Basic).


  • Example 1
  • See also 2
  • Further reading 3
  • External links 4


Although OpenOffice Basic itself is similar to other dialects of BASIC, such as Microsoft's VBA, the application programming interface (API) is very different, as the example below of a macro illustrates. While there is a much easier way to obtain the "paragraph count" document property, the example shows the fundamental methods for accessing each paragraph in a text document, sequentially.

Sub ParaCount
' Count number of paragraphs in a text document
    Dim Doc As Object, Enum As Object, TextEl As Object, Count As Long
    Doc = ThisComponent
' Is this a text document?
    If Not Doc.SupportsService("") Then
        MsgBox "This macro must be run from a text document", 64, "Error"
        Exit Sub
    End If
    Count = 0
' Examine each component - paragraph or table?
    Enum = Doc.Text.CreateEnumeration
    While Enum.HasMoreElements
        TextEl = Enum.NextElement
' Is the component a paragraph?
        If TextEl.SupportsService("") Then
            Count = Count + 1
        End If
'Display result
    MsgBox Count, 0, "Paragraph Count"
End Sub

See also

Further reading

  • Steinberg, James. Open Office Basic: An Introduction. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.  

External links

BASIC Macros
  • BASIC Programming Guide wiki
  • VBA emulation model project (still in heavy development)
  • Andrew Pitonyak's macro information API
  • API Project Page
    • SDK
    • Developer's Guide
    • API reference manual
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