How to Destroy Word Documents

Written by launie sorrels
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Destroying a Word document is not the same thing as deleting one. When a user deletes a document, he removes the file from the hard drive. Destroying a document is when developers remove the document from memory. A programmer will open a document in memory and make needed changes before closing and deleting the document. When he opens the document it does not open visually; instead the document is hidden at a memory address. If the document is not destroyed then it will continue to reside in that memory address.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Write the code to open the Word document and make whatever changes you need.

  2. 2

    Locate the ending of the code where you close the document.

  3. 3

    Destroy the Word document with the following code:

    Set doc Name = nothing

    The doc Name is the name of the Word document you have been working with.

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