Visual Basic for Applications/Generate Random Dictionary Words
This VBA code module works only in MS Word. It generates a pseudo random list of dictionary words, listing them in the immediate window of the VBA editor.
The VBA CodeEdit
- Copy the code listing into a standard VBA module in MS Word and save the file as a docm type. Set the user options in the top section and run the procedure to produce the list.
- The variable Num sets the number of words as output, and the variable TypoLen should be set to the approximate length of the sought-after words.
- There is no ready-made collection of English words called a Dictionary in MS Word; the term is used for sets of user-constructed word lists. To access a list of English words, an indirect method needs to be used. A random word is first generated equal in length to TypoLen. The spell checker then fails to recognize the word so generates suggestions, this time as a proper collection. Provided that there is at least one such suggestion in the spell check collection, a random choice is made from among them for the output list. The loop continues until the chosen number of words has been produced.
The Code ModuleEdit
Sub GetNRandomWords() 'Prints N randomly selected words 'in the Immediate Window 'Works in MS WORD only Dim Sugg As SpellingSuggestions Dim TypoLen As Long, n As Long Dim sMakeWord As String, nR As Long Dim Num As Long, p As Long 'set user options TypoLen = 7 'trial text length Num = 10 'number of samples Randomize Do p = p + 1 Do DoEvents sMakeWord = "" 'make a misspelled word of length TypoLen For n = 1 To TypoLen 'concatenate random charas sMakeWord = sMakeWord & Chr(Int(26 * Rnd + Asc("a"))) Next n 'get resulting spelling suggestions collection Set Sugg = GetSpellingSuggestions(sMakeWord) 'random select a suggestion If Sugg.Count >= 1 Then 'assuming there is at least one 'random select one suggestion nR = Int((Sugg.Count - 1 + 1) * Rnd + 1) Debug.Print Sugg(nR) 'OUTPUT 'MsgBox Sugg(nR) End If Loop Until Sugg.Count >= 1 Loop Until p >= Num End Sub