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    WORD2000 File conversion to plain text not working

    Hello, can anyone help me please?

    I have a bog standard ascii file, which I have renamed to be a .doc file. When I read it into word I select Plain Text in the File Conversion dialog.

    However, it seems that a group of spaces are not fixed width, even when I highlight the whole document and select the fixed Courier font.

    Thus columns of figures are misaligned.

    Even stranger, on some PC's with WORD2000 it works and some it doesn't.

    Any Ideas??

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    Paul

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    Re: WORD2000 File conversion to plain text not working

    Problem Number 1: Never rename a file type extension, you need to use a converter for this.


    Problem number 2: Do all of the machines have the converters installed? They are NOT installed by default.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: WORD2000 File conversion to plain text not working

    Thanks, I'll check it out.

    Paul

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    Re: WORD2000 File conversion to plain text not working

    I frequently read ASCII text files into Word97; most commonly I use File, Open; occasionaly I choose Insert, File.

    Extents vary. Some DOS applications produce an extent of DOC, others TXT, GRN or whatever. I never get asked about conversion.

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    Try Excel (was Re: WORD2000 File conversion to pla

    Lately I have come to appreciate the text importing wizard in Excel. If you have not used it on this file, you might want to try it. Create a new sheet, then choose Data |Get External Data | Import Text File... Very cool.

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    Re: WORD2000 File conversion to plain text not working

    I have always followed Woody's injunction to enable the Confirm Conversions dialog. In the new world of unicode, I am often surprised at the suggestions I get as to the bizarre encoding of the documents I am opening. More to the point, it lets me open HTML as text.

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    Re: WORD2000 File conversion to plain text not working

    Thanks. I have turned it back on.

    I suspect I have it off because my Files processor will baulk at each conversion (a pain when you're converting 1000s of files at a time). Guess this means I have to add code to preserve and unset it at the start of a run. (sigh!). More progress (grin)

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    Re: WORD2000 File conversion to plain text not working

    I've lost the thread of what your Files processor is, but you probably don't need to change the default option at all if you can easily change your Open code. According to online help:

    expression.Open(FileName, ConfirmConversions, ReadOnly, AddToRecentFiles, PasswordDocument, PasswordTemplate, Revert, WritePasswordDocument, WritePasswordTemplate, Format, Encoding, Visible)

    ConfirmConversions Optional Variant. True to display the Convert File dialog box if the file isn't in Microsoft Word format.

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