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I am trying to replace all fields in a word doc with static text using perl so that the replaced text position is the same as the field.  i.e. remove the field and in its place put some text.

All I seem to be able to do is to replace the content of the field to the desired text.
my $listOfFields = $wordApp->ActiveDocument->Fields();
my $count = $wordApp->ActiveDocument->Fields->Count;
for (my $i = 1; $i <= $count; $i++) {
             my $field = $listOfFields->Item($i);
              $field->{Name} = 'MyFieldName';    #thought this might be useful - but doesn't set the name.
              $field->{Code}->{Text} = 'StaticText';
              $field->Cut;      #doesn't seem to remove the field
}

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by:crisis_davis
ID: 24792420
By using mailmerge to merg the document with a list that is pre-configured works a dream.  Now all I need to do is to automate the merge process.  Does anyone know how to run the  merge process from a perl script?
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Joanne M. Orzech earned 2000 total points
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If you're just replacing the content of the field with the exact text contained in the field, why don't you just do Control A (Select All) and Control-Shift F9 to turn the fields to text...?  It's called unlinking the fields.

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by:crisis_davis
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Love it, - nice and simple - thanx  - will automate it with Perl now that I know what I am trying to do.  many thanks for help.
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by:Joanne M. Orzech
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Excellent!  I was hoping that was what you were looking for!  So pleased to have been able to assist you.  Thanks so much.

Joanne Orzech
MS Word MVP
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by:crisis_davis
ID: 24796389
So code now looks like:
my $listOfFields = $wordApp->ActiveDocument->Fields();
my $count = $wordApp->ActiveDocument->Fields->Count;
for (my $i = 1; $i <= $count; $i++) {
             my $field = $listOfFields->Item($i);
              $field->{Code}->{Text} = 'StaticText';
}
$listOfFields->Unlink();

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by:Joanne M. Orzech
ID: 24796413
Thanks for posting that!  It's all greek to me since I only use VBA (code below to update and unlink fields), but I'm sure will be helpful to anyone who knows perl script  :)  

So thanks!

    Selection.WholeStory
    Selection.Fields.Update
    Selection.Fields.Unlink
    Selection.HomeKey Unit:=wdStory

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