Word VBA to get comment property without opening file

I think this may need API code but hoping there's a way to do it also using Word VBA.  I am writing a Word macro that needs to go through dozens of directories and find the name of any document that has the word 'Letter' in the Comments attribute.  When I find one, I will be adding that filename to a listbox so the user can see it.

I don't want to open the word document first and then look for the text in the Comment attribute as that would be too slow.  I would ike to use VBA/API code to read the contents of the Comments field as listed in Windows Explorer.

Any ideas on how to read the Comments attribute?  

Thanks so much.
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Microsoft have produced a downloadable utility for that:


There are some examples, but in case you don't have a stand-alone version of VB, here is some starter code.

You need to set a reference to the DSO OLE Document Properties Reader (or switch to late binding)
Dim oFilePropReader As New DSOleFile.PropertyReader
Dim oDocProp As DSOleFile.DocumentProperties
Dim sFile As String
sFile = "C:\MyFolder\MyDocument.doc"
Set oDocProp = oFilePropReader.GetDocumentProperties(sFile)
MsgBox oDocProp.Author
Set oDocProp = Nothing
Set oFilePropReader = Nothing

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hj_daisyAuthor Commented:
Hmmm... very interesting.  Thank you.
Let me try this out during the week when I am at my client's office and I'll let you know if it works.  Looks promising!
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