Re: FW: Convert a directory of Word files to a TOC

Subject: Re: FW: Convert a directory of Word files to a TOC
From: "Margaret Hassall" <margaret -dot- hassall -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 13:10:10 +1100

A possibility ...

I have a macro(s) in an Excel spreadsheet that gets a starting folder
as input from a dialog and then writes in all the files and
sub-folders it finds, using the Excel columns to indent to show the
folder tree structure. (I created it to get a list of topics in a Help

You can check a box to request that if it finds a Word file, then it
adds in the first Heading 1 it finds - it displays it on the same row
as the file name, but a few columns along. It's not in Word, but you
can copy/paste to Word if you want. There are some columns with file
counts that you might not want.

It's a work in progress (haven't made it robust with error checking),
and I can't get titles from HTML files yet. It's about 150Kb in size.

Would this help?

> -----Original Message-----
> > [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+margaret -dot- hassall=computershare -dot- com -dot- au -at- lists -dot- tec
>] On Behalf Of John Posada
> Sent: Friday, 17 October 2008 12:50 AM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Convert a directory of Word files to a TOC
> Hi, guys...I want to do something that is over my head.
> I was given over 250mb of Word files from an outside vendor (about 50
> files). They are named by seqential numbers (MPLS20S04L01.doc,
> MPLS20S04L02.doc, etc, though the numbers come in different groups) .
> What I'd like to do is programmitcally, generate a TOC type of doc
> that contains the file name and H1 title that can be picked up from
> inside of the document.
> That means something programmically has to start at the top of the
> directory, write the file name ot a TOC Word doc, open the doc, write
> the H1 to the TOC Word doc, close, go to the next file, write the
> filename to the TOC doc, open and write the H1 title to the TOC doc,
> etc.
> No links, just a list. Has anyone done something like this before?
> --
> John Posada

ComponentOne Doc-To-Help gives you everything you need to author and
publish quality Help, Web, and print content. Perfect for technical
authors, developers, and policy writers. Download a FREE trial.

True single source, conditional content, PDF export, modular help.
Help & Manual is the most powerful authoring tool for technical
documentation. Boost your productivity!

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Please move off-topic discussions to the Chat list, at:


Previous by Author: Any experience with Flare 4.0?
Next by Author: RE: Mine, mine....ALL mine!
Previous by Thread: Re: Convert a directory of Word files to a TOC
Next by Thread: Re: FW: Convert a directory of Word files to a TOC

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads