Re: Converting to text

Subject: Re: Converting to text
From: "Peggy Schillinger" <peggy -at- cms-stl -dot- com>
To: Ruth Lundquist <rlundquist -at- prosarcorp -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 08:46:51 -0600

Ruth Lundquist wrote:

> Does anyone know of a macro, tool, program, utility, potion, magic spell,
> and/or sacrificial offering that will convert a Word document to *readable*
> text?
>
> Readable is the key word here, folks. It's possible to simply "Save
> As=text", but when you try that on a document that has columns, tables, or
> other formatting, you are, in a word, screwed. Another problem we've
> encountered with "Save As=text" is the unique and mystifying ability of
> Word to take a 20 page document and turn it into one long line of text--no
> paragraph breaks, no page breaks--nothing!

Instead of saving a Word file as text, which you've discovered will remove all
the formatting and save only the characters, you should print your Word file as
a text file. To do this, select the generic or text printer driver (I'm going
from memory now--may be called the TTY printer driver) and print to a file.
Selection of printer driver and print to file are options in the print dialog
box. If you have always printed to a laser printer, you might not have the
text printer driver installed on your computer yet.

Hope this helps...

Peggy Schillinger


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Peggy Schillinger
STC St. Louis Employment Referral Service Manager
Lead Technical Writer
Computerized Medical Systems, Inc.
peggy -at- cms-stl -dot- com 314-812-4315 fax: 314-993-0075






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