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Convert Word docs to simple text file

Posted on 2008-10-14
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How do I read a word file then convert the word file to a simple text file.  This would strip out all of the Word special characters etc?

The result would be a clean text file much the same as when you paste a word doc into notepad.
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by:Daniel Wilson
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How about using Automation to have Word save the file as text?
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Éric Moreau earned 500 total points
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Automation on a server (especially on a web server) is a really bad idea!

I use http://www.aspose.com/categories/file-format-components/aspose.words-for-.net-and-java/default.aspx
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by:vstack
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Sorry, I haven't responded.  Family emergency.  Automation won't work for me.  We have a ton of Word files with data (in sections of the files) that needs to be put into a database.  I was thinking of running a script that uploads the word file. Converts it to text (strips out Word special characters) and leaves me with a clean text file.  Now I can read the part I need and send to db.

Checking out the aspose article
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