Use of Word doc

How can I get access to  a Word document, fill in some variable fields (mail merge like)  and print the document out of Delphi 1.0
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I had a same problem. You Have two choices DDE or OLE.

OLE: As you know Delphi 1.0 OLE support is very lame. But there is one component that will help you. It is called TAutomationOle (costs about 40 USA Dollars) from "" (he is the author of the component), but it will only work in win95/NT (not in Windows 3.x). With it you can use macro commands and functions.

DDE: Will do almost everything. Except you cannot execute functions. It is a problem because you cant ask any questions from word (example - is the datasource already installed). BUT IT WILL DO.

You will need following codes (These are cuts from my codes. Mail and ask if there is something that you dont understand):

(* Is word already loaded *)
function TMergeDoc.GetProgramHandle : Hwnd;
  buffer : ARRAY[ 0..79 ] of char;
  strpcopy( buffer,  'OpusApp');
  result := FindWindow( buffer, nil);
end;(* getProgramHandle *)

(* Is word already loaded *)
function TMergeDoc.ServerRunning : boolean;
  result := GetProgramHandle <> 0;
end;(* getProgramHandle *)

(* start word *)
function TMergeDoc.StartServer : boolean;
  buffer : array[ 0..80 ] of char;
  ii : integer;
  screen.cursor := crHourGlass;
    ii := 0;
    (* selvitetään ohjelman hakemistopolku *)
    strPCopy( buffer, 'c:\program\msoffice\word\winword.exe');
    ii := WinExec( buffer, SW_MINIMIZE );

    result := ii > 22;
    screen.cursor := crDefault;
  end;(* try *)
end;(* getProgramHandle *)

(* open dde link *)
function TMergeDoc.StartLink : boolean;
  if DdeClient.setlink( 'WinWord','System') then
    result := true;
  end else(* setlink *)
    result := false;
end;(* StartLink *)

(* these are the function that you might need when mailmergeing. You will find them in word on helpfiles

[FileOpen.Name = "%s"]
[MailMergeOpenDataSource.Name = "%s"]


(* Oh yes, one usefull routine to determine is there documents already open *)

function TMergeDoc.HasDocument : boolean;
  TheData: PChar;
  buffer : string;
  count, ii : integer;
  TheData := DDEClient.RequestData( 'Topics' );
  buffer := strpas( thedata );
  count := 0;
  for ii := 1 to length( buffer ) do
    if buffer[ ii ] = #9 then

  result := count > 1;
end;(* 1 *)

You can create ole objects, including word.  Then look at the type library for Word to see what the methods are that you can call.
To create the object you do something like:

uses     OleAuto,           (or ComObj)

myDoc : Variant;

myDoc := CreateOLEObject('Word.Application');

then you do stuff like'blah');

depending on the actual method you want.

I can't remember where you find the type library, but you should be able to find it in the registry:
run regedit, search for Word.Application, get the class id and search for that.  One of the occurrences will be refering to the location of a type library, which should contain the information.

Otherwise look in the Word API docs :)

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