Textboxes in Word
Thread poster: xeon

Oct 8, 2003


anyone knows a way to separate all textboxes in a Word document at once?



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?? Oct 8, 2003

What, pray, do you mean by "separate"?

Pawel Skalinski


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Macro to ungroup any grouped shapes Oct 8, 2003

If your question is in relation to the earlier thread about word counts, this VBA code may help. In theory you can have groups of groups so you may have to run this more than once to ungroup all groups!
Better not to do this on the original file as the client might not appreciate it.

For Each aShape In activedocument.Shapes
If aShape.Type = msoGroup Then aShape.Ungroup
Next aShape


textboxes Oct 8, 2003

Textboxes can be grouped toghether and before Trados can analyze/translate them they need to be ungrouped.

Problem is that sometimes it\\\'s hard to tell if a portion of text is made by a single flow of text or by one or more textboxes.

Sometimes even a single sentence of 10 words can be composed of 10 different textboxes

It\\\'d be great to have a way to ungroup all textboxes in a document.


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Group/ ungroup Oct 9, 2003

(disclaimer: I work with the Polish version of Word 2K, so the names some commands may differ slightly...)

If you have a bunch of textboxes grouped together and want to ungroup them, here's what you do:

If the whole 'drawing' is a single object, you right-click on it.
In the menu you should see the "grouping" command with the little black arrow on the right.
Once it expands, you will see the "ungroup" command. Left-click it and all your objects should now be separated.

Some remarks:
You say that sometimes each word can be in its own text box. This sounds like a bitmap containing words has been pasted into Word and Word converted it to editable form. Sometimes it makes one textbox, and sometimes it makes many. Working with that is extremely messy. In my experience it has usually been easier (meaning faster) to make the drawing (flowchart, diagram, whatever) from scratch.
You do not have to ungroup a text box to be able to work in it (I'm talking about Word, not Trados). You click in the right place to mark a particular box and then you should be able to edit it (but not move it).

All in all, messy stuff.

Pawel Skalinski

e-mail me if you need more advice.


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