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Find and Replace text in Microsoft Word via MS Visual Studio

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Does anyone know if it is possible to find and replace text in Microsoft Word via MS Visual Studio? This would be useful for engineering changes.

I originally wanted to do a find and replace text with PDF files, but wasn't sure if it would be possible to; hence converted them to word. If anyone knows how to do a find and replace text with PDF files that would be great.

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by:GrahamSkan
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This works in VB 2008 express
        Dim wdApp As New Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.Application
        Dim wdDoc As Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.Document
        'Dim wdRange As Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.Range
        Try
            wdApp.Visible = True
            wdDoc = wdApp.Documents.Open("c:\myfolder\test.doc")

            With wdDoc.Range.Find
                .Text = "old text"
                .Replacement.Text = "new text"
                .Wrap = Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.WdFindWrap.wdFindContinue
                .Execute(Replace:=Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.WdReplace.wdReplaceAll)
            End With
            MsgBox("Saving File")
            wdApp.Documents.Item(1).Save()
            wdApp.Documents.Item(1).Close()
        Catch ex As Exception
            MsgBox(ex.Message)
        End Try

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by:jeremyll
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Sorry guys, I realised I didn't make myself entirely clear.

I would like a way to do a find and replace text for multiple files. I've got about 500 word documents!

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GrahamSkan earned 2000 total points
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If you put them all in one folder, you could run this code
        Dim wdApp As New Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.Application
        Dim wdDoc As Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.Document
        Dim wdRange As Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.Range
        Dim strFiles() As String
        Dim f As Integer
        Dim ex As Exception
        Try
            strFiles = IO.Directory.GetFiles("c:\myfolder", "*.doc*")
            For f = 0 To UBound(strFiles)
                wdApp.Visible = True
                wdDoc = wdApp.Documents.Open(strFiles(f))
                wdRange = wdDoc.Range
                With wdRange.Find
                    .Text = "old text"
                    .Replacement.Text = "new text"
                    .Wrap = Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.WdFindWrap.wdFindContinue
                    If .Execute(Replace:=Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.WdReplace.wdReplaceAll) Then
                        MsgBox("Saving File" & strFiles(f))
                        wdApp.Documents.Item(1).Save()
                    Else
                        MsgBox("No changes to " & strFiles(f))
                    End If
                End With
                wdApp.Documents.Item(1).Close()
            Next f
        Catch ex 'As Exception
            MsgBox(ex.Message)
        End Try

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by:jeremyll
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Thanks!
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