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    Object to Text (Word 2K)

    I have a word document that has text inserted into it as a picture. Simply, Is there any way to convert the picture back to text?
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    Re: Object to Text (Word 2K)

    Do you have any OCR software such as might have come with a scanner? If so, some programs work just as readily with a picture in an existing file as something scanned in. Or some later versions of Office have Microsoft Office Document Imaging - not sure if yours does - and this can apparently do it, though I haven't tried it. Look in Microsoft Office Tools on the programs menu.)

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    Re: Object to Text (Word 2K)

    Thanks for the info. I will try the OCR route and see how it goes.
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    Re: Object to Text (Word 2K)

    Hi Gary,

    You may well find that if you:
    . select the picture then
    . using the drawing toolbar, 'ungroup' the object
    you will get all of your text back, in one or more text boxes.

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    Re: Object to Text (Word 2K)

    I tried your suggestion but when the picture was selected, the ungroup feature was "greyed" out. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Object to Text (Word 2K)

    That suggests that the picture was not made up of a group of objects including a text box, then. Need to try some of the other solutions.

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    Re: Object to Text (Word 2K)

    I know this is going to sound flippant. But I have always found the quickest way to do this is to put the picture in front of a competent typist and ask them to enter the text in a new document.

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    Re: Object to Text (Word 2K)

    Stuart,

    No objections here. That was my first suggestion that went on deaf ears. It would have long been typed by now.
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