Converting text boxes into text in Word
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Natalie  Identity Verified
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Dec 17, 2003

Does anybody know a good way of "global" converting text boxes into text in Word XP?

My problem is as follows. I just received a large DOC file which turned out to be a scanned document read into Word with some OCR software. The document maintains the original text layout but consists of thousands of text boxes. I would like to convert these text boxes into normal text (maybe even at the cost of partial loss of formatting) but cannot find a way of doing it "globally" for the whole document.

Thanks for any help in advance,
Natalia

[Edited at 2003-12-17 14:18]


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Graciela Carlyle  Identity Verified
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Wordfast Yahoo group Dec 17, 2003

Natalie wrote:

Does anybody know a good way of "global" converting text boxes into text in Word XP?

[Edited at 2003-12-17 14:18]


Hi Natalie,

I've seen in your profile that you have Wordfast.
Have a look in the Files section of the Wordfast group (http://groups.yahoo.com/wordfast), they have a little application there apparently to run from within Word, which converts text in text boxes into normal text.
I downloaded it some time ago but never tried it yet.
Contact me directly if you want me to send it to you.

Regards,
Grace.


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Converting text boxes into MSWord Dec 19, 2003

Hi Natalie

If the formating is not too difficult to carry out after the translation has been done try selecting all (Ctrl + A), Copy (Ctrl + C) and then Paste special (In the Edit toolbar)- choose Paste as Unformatted text.

Best wishes

Didier


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Hynek Palatin  Identity Verified
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You can find a macro that could help you in TW_users group:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TW_users/message/21675

I hope it's OK to paste it here, but I haven't tried it and I'm not sure if it works.


Sub ExtractFromTextBoxesVersion3WeReGettingThereSlowly()
Dim I As Integer, Boite As Shape, ThisDoc As Document

Set ThisDoc = ActiveDocument
Documents.Add

For Each Boite In ThisDoc.Shapes

If Boite.Type = msoGroup Then

For I = 1 To Boite.GroupItems.Count
With Boite.GroupItems(I).TextFrame
If .HasText Then
Selection.InsertAfter .TextRange
Selection.InsertParagraphAfter
Selection.Start = Selection.End
End If
End With
Next

Else

With Boite.TextFrame
If .HasText Then
Selection.InsertAfter .TextRange
Selection.InsertParagraphAfter
Selection.Start = Selection.End
End If
End With

End If

Next

End Sub


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Natalie  Identity Verified
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- Dec 21, 2003

Dear all, thank you very much for your attempts to help. Unfortunately, life isn't that easy... Hynek, your macro is identical to that recommended by Grace (and that one did not work: it evoked a new empty Word window, and that was all). I suspect that the reason is the Word version (I use Word XP under Win98 ).
The best way in my case was copying the text and pasting "special".

Thanks a bunch to everybody!
Natalia


[Edited at 2003-12-21 23:11]

[Edited at 2003-12-21 23:11]


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