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Here is some text in my Word document. I need a macro to replace the html codes with Word bullets. This is part of a much longer document from a merge, so opening and converting is not an option. Thank you.
This is the start of this item. For example: <ul><li>The state may do this and that and blah blah blah text goes on and on for a few lines here asdlfkj asdl;kfj asdlfkj asd;lfk jasd;lfk jasdl;fk jasdfkl jasdfkl ajsdflk ajsdflk ajsdl;fk ajsd;fl ajsdfl;k ajsdl;fk ajsdlf ajsdfl; jsalf sdfj until the next bullet.</li><li>The schools will do this and that and that and this and on and on and on and on until the very next bullet point. </li><li>The next thing that happens is this and that and that and this and on and on asdlfj asldfj asldfjasl;dfj asl;dfkj as;ldfj asl;dfj asldf until the next point. </li><li>The next sentence is similar to the others about and goes on and on and on and on and this and that and that and this and so on and so forth and so on and so forth until the next bullet point.</li><li>This bullet point is comprised of three sentences that are all pretty long sentences, and this is sentence one. This bullet point is comprised of three sentences that are all pretty long sentences, and this is sentence two. This bullet point is comprised of three sentences that are all pretty long sentences, and this is sentence three. </li><li>Here is another one. </li><li>Just one more sentence here and on and on and on.</li></ul>
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by:PhilAI
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Can you provide a small sample HTML file rather than just a section? I'm not sure I understand exactly what you want. Are you trying to convert an HTML file to a Word document?
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The information comes from a spreadsheet, which is exported from a salesforce report. I have a merge in Word and then have some macros that deal with most of the codes, like <br> <p> etc.  The one problem I have is with the <li> codes and if there was a way to include something that searches for <li>, puts in the Word bullet, that is what I need. I could not find anything in replace under the special or formatting for bullet.
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I got this macro to work.

Selection.Find.ClearFormatting
    Selection.Find.Replacement.ClearFormatting
    Selection.Find.Replacement.Style = ActiveDocument.Styles("List Bullet")
    With Selection.Find
        .Text = "<ul><li>"
        .Replacement.Text = "^p"
        .Forward = True
        .Wrap = wdFindContinue
        .Format = True
        .MatchCase = False
        .MatchWholeWord = False
        .MatchWildcards = False
        .MatchSoundsLike = False
        .MatchAllWordForms = False
    End With
    Selection.Find.Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll
    Selection.Find.ClearFormatting
    Selection.Find.Replacement.ClearFormatting
    Selection.Find.Replacement.Style = ActiveDocument.Styles("List Bullet")
        Selection.Find.Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll
    With Selection.Find
        .Text = "</li><li>"
        .Replacement.Text = "^p"
        .Forward = True
        .Wrap = wdFindContinue
        .Format = True
        .MatchCase = False
        .MatchWholeWord = False
        .MatchWildcards = False
        .MatchSoundsLike = False
        .MatchAllWordForms = False
    End With
    Selection.Find.Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll
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Damn! I was just looking into that when I had to go out. Glad you figured it out for yourself - always feels better when you do that!
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