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When creating an index entry via Alt+Shift+X it inserts a code line like this at the current pointer position:

{ XE "Main entry" \t "see there" }

If I click then on Insert index to create an index table the entry is recognised and included into the index table. However, if I simply manually write this code line it is not recognised as an index entry.

What magic is happening here?

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When you press that key combination, Microsoft Word is actually creating a field. These are special structures in a Word document which add dynamic behavior to your document. You can normally tell if what you have in front of you is a field by the curly brackets.

You can also insert these fields yourself by clicking Insert -> Quick Parts -> Fields and scrolling down to the XE field.

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Thank you Adam. Now it is clear. Can the above code for the field also be inserted via VBA? – orschiro Dec 8 '12 at 6:55
Yes it can, use: ActiveDocument.Indexes.MarkEntry Range:=Selection.Range, Entry:= _ EntryText, CrossReference:="", _ CrossReferenceAutoText:="", BookmarkName:="", Bold:=False, _ Italic:=False – Adam Dec 8 '12 at 23:48
Thank you Adam. The code is working great! Regards, Robert – orschiro Dec 10 '12 at 8:35

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