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    Text Only Format

    Hi,

    I cannot get Word to write certain ascii codes into a file in text-only format. For example, the code for the trademark symbol gets written out as four characters, "(tm)". Worse yet, the codes for opening and closing quotes both get converted to the code for straight quotes. Is there any way to prevent this?

    Ed Colaianni
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    Re: Text Only Format

    Save as Encoded Text. You'll get a dialog where you should select Unicode. This will get you the TM, but it's still straight quotes. To my knowledge, there's no way around this.
    Karen

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    Re: Text Only Format

    I wouldnt be surprised if there is indeed no way around this problem without resorting to an external filter.

    That would involve a macro that converts the "unwritable" characters to recognizable coded strings, stores the file, and then runs a command-line filter program on it to convert the coded strings to the required characters.

    Question: how do you run an external program from inside a macro? I have a DOS version of SED that should do the trick.

    Ed Colaianni
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    Re: Text Only Format

    Hi Ed,

    One way to launch an external program is:

    Shell("Pathname")

    Gary

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