How can I edit a Word document without using Word automation in VB6?

Posted on 2010-01-12
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Hi guys.

I need to write some code that edits a Word document. However, I don't want to use the Word automation system in VB as that involves running Word in the background. It's a system I've used for a while and have found it to work most of the time, but it has its quirks.

Anyway. I was wondering if anybody knew of a way to edit a Word document easily but without using automation? Are there any resources that you know of that allow easy direct editing of the file itself?


Question by:Bobeo
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by:Luis Pérez
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I guess this is a very dificult problem, because Word object model is very extensive & complicated, so I think that probably it cannot be managed without it's native application (Microsoft Word, in this case).
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Apart from the complexity, the .doc format is propriety, and hence unpublished.

It would involve a very steep leaning curve, but you could save the documents in RTF format, or, from 2007, as XML and edit that.

Perhaps we could address the 'quirks'.

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Hi both.

Cheers for your responses. I'm going to keep the question open to further responses for a while, as I'd really like to see if anybody has a method for it. I know it's a big ask, but you never know.

Regarding the quirks, there's no particular problem. I think my main issue is how intensive the automation system is, and how long it can take to do simple tasks on some slower PCs. In avoiding Word altogether I hope mainly just to speed it up.

Thanks again.

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It's an even bigger ask to expect to do things faster.

There may be ways of writing the code to be a bit more efficient.


Use range objects instead of the selection object.


Use For Each MyObject in MyObjects
in favour of
For i = 1 to MyObjects.Count

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mkrohn earned 2000 total points
ID: 26299392
I would open a txt file with DOC extension, and then write html code on it.
Word application recognizes html code.
Then you can open the document using the following method, see link:

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